A fine break from the week's enervating political news: A rad new mural by noted anonymous muralist Believe In People has just been completed this week, during the break in the rain, on a five-story wall next to the Denny's on Mission Street at Jessie, next to the Westfield Centre. Curbed reports on the completion, having tracked BiP's progress since he began work and documented it on Instagram in late December.
The title of the piece is "No Ceiling," and it's the third in Believe in People's Bay Area Megamural Series, which includes this piece last year in downtown Oakland titled "Vintage", and this piece near Civic Center from two years ago.
There was an unveiling event the other night, too, attended by quite a few people, at which BiP handed out temporary tattoos featuring the cool 415/510 anchor tattoo in the mural. (He's also selling them, $220 for a pack of two, via this email.)
As his model this time, the anonymous, Connecticut-born (?) artist used a six-year-old girl from Oakland named Ja'Niyha. He explains, via Instagram, "Ja'Niyha is the daughter of the previous coworker of a follower who works in a hospital clinic with *windows facing the last Oakland building, “Vintage"*. [shoutout Nurse Rainbow, shoutout D'Andre Law]. this follower said, 'i know who it has to be.' Ja'Niyha influenced me at the color grade to the degree I reworked the concept to balance her performance."
Below is video of Ja'Niyha trying her hand at graffiti art.
check this out, remember when all you wrote in with suggestions for people to pose--introducing Ja'Niyha age 6 from Oakland (represent!), star of this mural. Ja'Niyha is the daughter of the previous coworker of a follower who works in a hospital clinic with *windows facing the last Oakland building, “Vintage"*. [shoutout Nurse Rainbow, shoutout D'Andre Law]. this follower said, "i know who it has to be." Ja'Niyha influenced me at the color grade to the degree I reworked the concept to balance her performance. this girl is smart like a whip, not afraid of ladders (faster than me), and naturally beautiful💥💥. to her and you guys, thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to feature real local people in my concept work. and thanks for the massive support in general. people seriously DM me like, "bipppp how come you have so many commentssss” and i'm just like. ummm...well obviously cause my followers are dope AF? *kenny powers face* @montana_colors @mtncolors @sprayplanet @westfieldsfcentre
The Westfield Centre gave their blessing to the project, and announced the mural on their website Tuesday, saying, "The 5-story piece, titled “No Ceiling,” features a young girl with unnatural strength and resolve, and is a tribute to Bay Area women... BIP singlehandedly completed the giant work over one month, using roughly 400 cans of spray paint to achieve his characteristically expressive, humanist style through subtle color mixing."
Go check it out!