Restore the Zebra Murals

$25,109 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 354 people in 29 months
My name is Dan Fontes, I was born in Oakland and painted the giraffe and zebra murals beneath Oaklands 580 freeway. I've been a practicing artist for 36 years. I need the funds for oil paint supplies, assistants stipends, photography, printing final poster and a small amount for my salary.  Each of the animal figures takes two to three weeks each to restore.  Originally painted in 1984-85 they've held up well but now need complete recoating.  Hopefully they can all return by the end of Summer.   This project means everything to me.  My murals are my children.  Thank you all for any help offered!!!
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We've done it!! The goal of raising $25,000 has been achieved!! My continued thanks and gratitude to each of you who gave and shared!!!
Thank you!!!
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http://www.oaklandmomma.com Adrienne Schell's column about the giraffe murals includes photos I've never shared with the public before that were taken back in 1983-84. Thank you again Adrienne!!
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After carefully considering my options I've chose to buy more scaffolding to add another six feet to the height of our current rig. $1000 rental for a week with a lift seemed excessive and in the end you've got nothing tangible left. Placed the order this morning and this way it allows for more ongoing art up to 24' level. Outriggers too for stability. And my ongoing appreciation for the new wave of support generated through Adrienne's fine article!!
Current state of the restoration-also thanks to Naomi Schiff for cleaning up the massive weeds!!
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Folks have asked a lot about the giraffe murals aka Giraphics. For the last few weeks I've been restoring the large double giraffe figure on Harrison Street. I called Hertz today about renting a knuckle lift and they're roughly $1,000 a week. The strategy is to paint the 80% I can reach with the regular aluminum scaffold first. I plan on repainting just two of the murals that are badly damaged-the others are holding up well. If you would like to contribute I promise the funds will be used for the lift and the assistants salary. The zebra murals are complete now! Posters are still available and free to all who donated. I've left a pile of them with John and Lizz on Richmond Blvd (Club Fizz) . Drop me a note for the address. Thank you all again so very much!!!
Giraphics in progress
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Robert Vergas
24 months ago
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Congratulations, Dan. This demonstrates how much everyone loves the Zebras. Thanks so much again for your excellent work in restoring your masterpiece.

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Stephanie Williamson
25 months ago
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I've always loved these murals. ❤️Oakland.

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Rachel Broadwin
25 months ago
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Hi Dan - Lary recommends Cresco on Hegenberger for the knucklelift. Better equipment and probably better prices than Hertz. Rachel

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Donna Ryan
25 months ago
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Yes please send address for poster .thanks!

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Donna Ryan
26 months ago
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Hi Dan, so glad these are getting updated! They are such a joy. Any idea who did the sea creatures on Richmond Blvd??

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Jeffrey Watts
18 months ago

If possible everyone should post my GoFundMe for me I'm an upcoming photographer trying to just get me a good camera and start shooting in atlanta ga anything would help

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$25,109 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 354 people in 29 months
Created June 3, 2016
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$75
Steve O'Loughlin
11 months ago

I went to CCAC with Dan Fontes way back in the early 80s. I remember him asking me for help on a giraffe mural he was starting up. I declined at the time but now am a public artist. Great work and a worthy cause.

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$25
Lee Dickholtz
23 months ago

Hi Dan, glad you've hit your funding goal. Here's a bit more.

$100
Anonymous
24 months ago
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$500
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24 months ago
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Darren Ensley
25 months ago
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Thanks for the giraffes, Dan!

$150
Andy Kuntz
25 months ago
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$25
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25 months ago
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Robert Vergas
24 months ago
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Congratulations, Dan. This demonstrates how much everyone loves the Zebras. Thanks so much again for your excellent work in restoring your masterpiece.

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Stephanie Williamson
25 months ago
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I've always loved these murals. ❤️Oakland.

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Rachel Broadwin
25 months ago
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Hi Dan - Lary recommends Cresco on Hegenberger for the knucklelift. Better equipment and probably better prices than Hertz. Rachel

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Donna Ryan
25 months ago
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Yes please send address for poster .thanks!

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Donna Ryan
26 months ago
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Hi Dan, so glad these are getting updated! They are such a joy. Any idea who did the sea creatures on Richmond Blvd??

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Jeffrey Watts
18 months ago

If possible everyone should post my GoFundMe for me I'm an upcoming photographer trying to just get me a good camera and start shooting in atlanta ga anything would help

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