Thursday May 17, 2018
Joey Enos discusses the iconic Emeryville Mudflats Sculptures that majestically appeared along Highway 80 from the 1960s until 1980s. The anonymous Emeryville Mudflat Sculptures began as an exercise in fine art pedagogy and bloomed into a self-governing public art for the people. It was chaotic folk art environment that gave the Bay Area a place of play and expression during the wave of cultural changes of the latter half of the 20th century.
Enos is an artist and historian who is a 5th generation East Bay Resident and resided in Emeryville for many years. His family has a long history in Emeryville and operated the Michel & Pelton Company off of Horton from 1929-1982. His great-grandmother was Earl Warren’s secretary when Emeryville was coined “The Rotten City.” Joey works as a Collections Manager for The National Pastime Museum. Follow Joey’s curated collection of Mudflat Art pics on Instagram @emeryville_mudflats
Image: San Francisco Bay Monster, 1978 (Courtesy of The California College of Art).