The Albany Bulb
I have temporarily run out of photos of Herbert Freeman’s artwork. It may be some time before I am able to post some more. Rather than put this blog on hiatus I have decided to head each post with the work of another of Orlando’s best folk artists: Morgan Steele. I will post Mr. Freeman’s work when it again becomes available.
The Albany Bulb is located on the northeast San Francisco Bay shore front and is owned by the city of Albany. It was created from 1963 to 1984 by dumping construction waste onto the mudflats. Dumping stopped in 1984 because of illegal dumping of plant material which caused high levels of methane emission and fires. Because this area is somewhat isolated and not regularly patrolled by the Albany police it has become a kind of free zone. Kids come here to party at night, in the 90’s there was a homeless encampment that was documented in the film Bum’s Paradise, people come here to let their dogs off leash, and artists have used it as a public space gallery and studio.