In the spring of 2015 I walked around the [ OMNI Oakland Commons ] a lot. The radical collective of radical collectives has been emerging and forming around this space in the Temescal district of Oakland and currently includes The Public School, a laterally organized school that emphasizes theory and languages, the small press Timeless Infinite Light, the anarchist bookstore La Commune, Food Not Bombs and many more. I explored the area around the building extensively and identified a number of medicinals growing through cracks in the cement. My practice of roaming neighborhoods identifying medicinals in the Bay Area has been ongoing for a number of years.
I photographed these scrappy medicinals, manually traced the images in vector and then cut out the shapes with a laser cutter. These tracings were then used by muralist Grace Chen in her mural upstairs in the OMNI.