Local San Jose artist Lacey Bryant's "Hide and Seek"

Local San Jose artist Lacey Bryant's "Hide and Seek" (Photo credit: Matt Bigler/KCBS Radio)

San Jose Fighting Graffiti With Art

Matt Bigler
March 29, 2018 - 11:17 am

(KCBS RADIO) - San Jose is killing two birds with one stone: creating original public art and deterring graffiti.  KCBS Radio's Matt Bigler spoke with the artist painting a giant mural on the side of an often-tagged bank building.

Local San Jose artist Lacey Bryant is using a scissor lift and a broom to create a massive mural on the side of the Chase Building in downtown.

"I'll switch to a smaller brush when I'm doing details, for the bigger areas I can use broom for a lot." Bryant said.

The work titled "Hide and Seek" depicts two sisters playing against a backdrop of San Jose's past. The city's famous light tower is featured as well as the Lick Observatory and Mount Umunhum.

"It's just something to give back to the community so that they can have something nice to look at. Hopefully speaks to them." Bryant adds.

The project was spearheaded by The Exhibition District, a non-profit seeking to employ local artists by beautifying the city. Executive Director Aaron Salazar says, so far they've created more than a half dozen murals downtown covering 18,000 square feet.

"The overarching goal is to get to 40,000 before we get another mile marker. So we're trying to get there by 2020 which is pretty ambitious for us, because we have about halfway there." Salazar said.

This mural costs about $15,000 paid for by Chase and the Downtown Association.