Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Downtown Lodi’s mural project

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:37 pm | Updated: 10:07 am, Sat May 28, 2011.

Commercial wall artists in past times were known as “Walldogs,” and while the need for wall ads may have diminished, the love of art has not.

Now Walldogs are talented sign/mural artists who create murals of humorous value or historical significance — and sometimes both.

In May 2006, dozens of Walldogs from around the United States and Canada gathered in Lodi to paint outdoor murals in celebration of the city’s centennial. The murals have become an ongoing project and are the focus of a walking tour around Downtown.

Whether you’re a visitor new to the area or you’re a longtime resident, the murals can offer some surprising glimpses into the history of the city.

Here’s a guide to the murals:

“The Tokay Carnival/Lodi Grape Festival” commemorates the Tokay Carnival, held only once, in 1907, to advertise Tokay grapes being planted throughout the area. In 1934, the annual Lodi Grape Festival resumed promotion of local grape production. Located at the intersection of Lodi Avenue and School Street.

 “The Packing Shed” illustrates the hard work and strict conditions of fruit-packing, done in Lodi’s early years by women in heavy dresses in summer. Located along Walnut Street, between School and Church street.

“The Cucumis Club” showcases a Lodi literary and social society founded in 1896. The mural’s emphasis on watermelons honors one of early Lodi’s main crops. Located in the public parking lot on Church Street, between Oak and Walnut streets.

The “Chautauqua” mural recalls the Chautauqua movement, which brought adult education to rural America in the late 1800s and peaked in the early 1900s. Located near the intersection of Oak and Church streets.

The “Hutchins Street Square Community Center” mural, inspired by the artwork of ancient Pompeii, celebrates the many cultural influences of Hutchins Street Square on the Lodi community. The mural is located near the intersection of Church and Pine streets.

The “Farmers & Merchants Bank” mural commemorates the role of Farmers & Merchants Bank in the history of Lodi. The bank was founded in 1916 to provide financial services to local farmers. The bank’s second floor served as an emergency hospital in the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1919. The mural is located at the intersection of Elm and School streets.

In the self-referential “Breakfast of Walldogs,” a Walldog takes a break from painting a billboard. This mural features two longtime Lodi employers: General Mills and the Lodi News-Sentinel. Located in the alley on Elm Street, between Sacramento and School streets.

“Lodi, a Century Past” shows a series of painted photographs from 1906 Lodi. Located in the public parking lot on Elm Street, between Sacramento and School streets.

“Central California Traction Company,” painted in the Art Deco style of the 1930s, commemorates that central California railroad which was purchased in 1927 by several larger national lines. Located on the public parking lot on Pine and Sacramento streets.

“Japantown Memories” illustrates the rich and varied history of Lodi’s Japanese community. It shows the 1940 Lodi Templars baseball team. The mural is located on the Lodi Buddhist Church on Elm Street, between Main and Stockton streets. Don’t miss the paintings in the alley.

“Sacramento Street” honors the first merchants in the area, dating back to the 1860s. Located along Sacramento Street, between Walnut Street and Lodi Avenue.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

  • A&W Root Beer

    • icon posted: May 30
  • Sherman & Associates

    • icon posted: May 30
  • Grupe Real Estate

    • icon posted: May 30
  • Lodi CDJR

    • icon posted: May 30
More Discover Ads

Poll

Loading…

Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists