After over two years of laborious effort, Bay Area, Award-Winning Artist Andrew Kong Knight has completed his third and final monumental mural in the series called "Hayward Meets Hollywood".
"Hollywood Meets Hayward," is a series of three murals that surround the Cinema Place Parking Structure located at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and C Street in downtown Hayward, California.
Each mural, which features Knight's new and original design based on the 1920s and 30s Art Deco movement, incorporates the existing architecture of the parking structure and adjacent Century Theatres Complex. A nighttime theme, searchlights, and a border that mirrors the design and colors of the surrounding structure also tie all three murals together.
The theme of each mural is a confluence of people and landmarks of contemporary Hayward with images inspired by the glamour of Hollywood and the movies.
A description of each mural:
"Hollywood Meets Hayward"
Shows a Hayward city skyline in the foreground that features local residents strolling in front of All Saints Church to the left, the new City Hall in the center, and the old City Hall on the right. In the mid ground the Hayward hills are reminiscent of the Hollywood hills with searchlights lighting up the night.
This mural faces east on Foothill Blvd. at the corner of C St.
" Movie Palace Tower" features a 30 foot luminous theatre facade flanked by the two main inlets that lead into the city of Hayward: the San Mateo Bridge on the left and a BART train on the right, paying homage to Art Deco's celebration of modern technology and transportation. The decorative spiral pattern in the immediate foreground symbolizes the bay. Inside the tower at the top is a female goddess figure holding up a crescent moon sculpted in relief. Knight based the figure and pose on sculpture from the Deco era.
This mural faces south on C St. at the corner of Foothill Blvd. across from the Crab Shack formerly the Hayward Fishery.
"Night at the Silver Screen"; depicts a scene from one of Hollywood's most memorable epics of all time set in a classic Art Deco theatre interior, featuring people in the audience made up of Hayward residents and velvet curtains surrounding the giant forty foot screen. This mural was the last of the series, completed by Knight in 2012.
This mural faces west in the alleyway off of C St.
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Film Footage, editing and interview by KTVU Channel 2 Bay Area News Station.
Andrew Kong Knight Artwork Copyright 2012
Special thanks and love to Alani Taira for her all help in making these murals possible.