While you're out at Arts Alive in Eureka tonight, look up. Turns out those Escher-esque fish on the side of Scrapper's Edge weren't all there before. Kati Texas, Director of the Rural Burl Mural Bureau (like a mouthful of marshmallows) and her team of teen artists have completed the "Fishstellation" on the side of Scrapper's Edge. The dozen or so students cut out each of the 50 wooden fish, painted them and slapped them on the building at 728 Fourth St.
Texas thinks projects like this one reduce graffiti, “Sometimes because vandals are less likely to tag artwork, and sometimes because it is the taggers themselves who are helping paint our murals.” The more easily enunciated Ink People's DreamMaker program is behind the project, which was formerly funded by the defunct Eureka Redevelopment. Now it depends on donations, grants and money from businesses, like US Bank, which ponied up for the fish.
Take a tour of the (deep breath) Rural Burl Mural Bureau's greatest hits around Old Town, including “Attack of the Humboldt Squid” (First and F streets), “Inharmonious,” (520 F St.) and “Animals Are People, Too” (905 Fourth St.).