100 Block Mural Project
Photographer: Hunter Ridenour (2022)
Artist: 100 Individual Artists (see LocalColorSJ)
Commissioned by: Local Color SJ
On the side of a building, this mural, sponsored by LocalColor SJ, consists of 100 individual 3’x3’ mural tiles designed and painted by local artists. The resulting 65 ft long wall comes together as a visual tapestry of images, symbols and meanings that showcases San Jose’s artistic diversity and stands as an example of the non-profit’s goals of creating collaborative opportunities for local makers.
Public Art as Resistance
In “The 100 Block Mural” the representation of the individual and collective come together in an interdependent representation of society. Though each tile represents an individual identity, aspiration, or life, they do not exist as wholly separate works, but rather a holistic representation of the city. Metropolitan centers are portrayed as homogenous, fast paced, loud and unfamiliar spaces. “The 100 Block Mural” pushes back on the perspective to show the breadth of life, worldviews, and experiences of individuals who live, work, and recreate throughout the city. The viewer is presented with 100 stories that contribute to the epic that is San Jose.
Which one represents your story?
Continue Your Walk
The construction going on next to this mural was originally designed by Bjarke Ingels
for the annual Serpentine Galleries architecture competition in London. Developer
Westbank purchased the pavilion and brought it to Toronto and then to San José. The
goal was to uplift San José's cultural economy and exemplify the repurposing of parking
lots/vacant parcels. It is supposed to stay for eight months but the construction
around it has not been completed. It has stayed closed for a little over seven months.
They say it should be completed by June. Hopefully, the piece will grace us for a
The next public art tells the complex story of the Japanese-American internment in California and is a bronze sculpture tucked into a federal building plaza, behind the VTA Light Rail guard, and across from a parking structure. Plan to spend some time here taking in the representative stories on this work.
- Description of process by one of the artists, Julie Meridian (2019)
- Description of murals by Local Color SJ
- “100 Block SJ Mural by Local Color" video by Local Color SJ
- #100BlockSJ Twitter thread
- "Art installation could bring economic growth to downtown San Jose," Lorraine Gabbert (Aug 2021)
- "BIG, Kengo Kuma, and Studio Gang tapped for Westbank's San Jose masterplan," Niall Patrick Walsh (May 2021)