If I was indeed ever able to turn The E’ville Eye into a full-time profession, I’d make a conscious effort to write more about our history. Emeryville is so rich in history, yet so little of it is documented online for future E’villains. Everywhere you turn there’s an old building with a former life or a new building where something historic used to exist. So much of it has been eradicated over time and every year we lose opportunities to capture these stories.
The Emeryville Mudflat art is one of the few things remaining that tie our present to our past. One of the original Emeryville Mudflat artists Tyler Hoare is still active and ready to deploy his latest Red Baron Piece. Now 75, Hoare installed his first piece back in 1975 and is estimated to be on his 30ish iteration of his Red Baron series. Hoare’s last Red Baron was vandalized and he’s obligingly assembled another one to replace it.
Another of Hoare’s pieces that he dubbed “Victory” can be seen on the pier near Shorebird Park (See it soon before it washes away!).
Albany artist has latest Red Baron sculpture ready to fly
By Damin Esper
Ten, 20, 30, 40, 50 or more. Tyler Hoare can be forgiven for not remembering exactly how many airplanes he has put into the Bay. Hoare is ready to put another Red Baron out there just off Interstate 80 as soon as a deck damaged by a fire is repaired. It’s the continuation of a 40-year art project that started in a traffic jam.
“I worked in San Leandro for a long time and I was stuck in traffic and thought there should be something out there for people to look at,” he said.
So in 1975, Hoare went out to the mudflats off Emeryville, where about 20 wooden pilings that had once been a pier were sticking up out of the water. He put up a Red Baron in a World War I triplane on one post and a doghouse with Snoopy from the popular comic strip “Peanuts” on the other. Bullet holes riddled both “planes” but Hoare’s first installation lasted a good 20 years.
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Photo Credit: Chris Treadway