JINGLETOWN NATIVE PLANT GARDEN AND MURALS
Local artists Jill McLennan and Cynthia Elliott designed this unique project that both beautifies this neighborhood and supports creek restoration. Starting in 2009, Jill McLennan directed 16 artists in creating 2000 square feet of murals and mosaics on an eye-popping wall in the historic Jingletown warehouse district, which has become a local art mecca of studios, galleries, and shops. The wall culminates with a mural titled Sausal Creek to Fruitvale Avenue, which was designed and painted by students from ARISE High School under McLennan’s direction. Since 2009 Cynthia Elliott has organized many neighborhood workdays under the murals for weeding and planting, resulting in a 2000-square-foot native plant garden that highlights the section of Sausal Creek that flows underground through the neighborhood. Donations and monetary support came from the Oakland Releaf project, Pro Arts Gallery, and a City of Oakland Neighborhood Beautification Grant. These murals and native plant garden can be viewed at Peterson Street between Chapman Street and Ford Street.