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Pair of Oakland, SF murals honor Ghost Ship fire victims

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Artists on both sides of the bay pay tribute to the dead, many of whom were noted artists themselves

Earlier this week, Oakland artist Norman Chuck (known to his fans as “Vogue”) announced that he’d completed a new mural dedicated to the victims of the Ghost Ship fire last December.

The new piece at 12th Street and 28th Avenue a few blocks from the Fruitvale BART station and from the former site of Ghost Ship itself depicts a ship sailing into the sunset with 36 white birds trailing in its wake, one for each person who died in the disaster.

The mural also bears a list of the names of all of the victims, some of whom were themselves noted Bay Area artists.

Chuck, a self-described “artist, father, [and] car enthusiast” whose work emphasizes “clean designs, sharp calligraphy, street life and hip hop” was not immediately available for comment.

When announcing the project’s completion Chuck said via Instagram that he was “honored to paint & dedicate this memorial mural” and referenced the survivor of the fire as well as the friends and family of everyone affected.

This is the second Ghost Ship memorial mural dedicated in a little over a week. Earlier this month artist Mel Waters added a portrait of two fire victims to Clarion Alley in the Mission.