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Benevolent Animals, Dangerous Animals

A public art installation by Masako Miki

友善的動物,危險的動物 由Masako Miki帶來的公共裝置藝術
慈悲深い動物、危険な動物 マサコ・ミキのパブリック・アート・インスタレーション

Dozens of drawings are located in Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood. Can you find them all?


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6th Street to 12th Street and Broadway to Fallon Street.

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The Project

Masako Miko created six ink drawings of animals practicing Covid safety precautions. The full color and black and white ink drawings were then transferred to vinyl and installed in business storefronts, community centers, on park kiosks and other locations throughout Chinatown in Oakland. An exhibition of the original artworks can be seen at the Oakland Art Museum.

The Artist

Masako Miko is a native of Japan and has been a resident in Berkeley, California for over twenty-five years. Inspired by Shinto’s animism, Miki is interested in crafting new mythologies concerning cultural identity as social collectives. Her immersive felt sculptural installations and detailed works on paper have been exhibited in the US, Japan and China including at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, and the de Young Museum and the Fused Project in San Francisco, among others.

She has been a resident artist at Facebook HQ, and was Artist-in-Residence in Kamiyama, Japan. A temporary public art installation by Masako is currently on exhibition at the Coastal Cultural Park in Shenzhen, China.