Photos: UCSC tanks artwork

Art documents time for mountain bikers that pass by the UC tanks

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The latest art features a cohesive landscape with water, land and sky

The latest art features a cohesive landscape with water, land and sky

Update: Sept 14, 2017

We are excited to present the latest UCSC tank art born on Sept 13. This is a throwback to the good old days when the tanks stood for art, devoid of any social and political statements. This new creation simply celebrates creativity. Each tank art can stand on its own and create a strong visual statement. But together, it is a more powerful entity.

This one too will be pass and be covered eventually so enjoy it while you can.

This transitional art shows the right tank evolving.

This transitional art shows the right tank evolving.

August 2017 shows the right tank evolving and a little bit of modification on the breast art. It’s a bit of jumbled mess which is part of the life cycle of the UC tank art.

June 13, 2017

June update featured this artwork inspired by a breast cancer patient.

Update: June 13, 2017

There has been a bit of a drought lately with a lack of art and more of a student-run social and political commentary. This latest one is bit interesting and controversial. We hope to see more updates in the near future instead of the current 6-month cycles.

Nov, 2014

Update: Nov. 10, 2014

The tanks of UC Santa Cruz have been updated in November and this new art is some of the best work in years. Anchored by monochrome patterns, each of the four tanks stands as its own entity, but all together it’s a great body of work. There are a few objects and messages embedded in, so one can stare at this art for a while, while taking a break from a day of bike shredding.

On one hand, it would be good to talk to the artist and get an explanation of the art. But on the other hand, it’s good to not know anything as well and just interpret it as we see it. Either way, this art is fleeting, so get out there if you can, as we know that change is as inevitable as the Santa Cruz beach tide.

Click HERE and start your journey into the evolution of the UC Santa Cruz Tank art.

Continue to Page 2 to discover the story behind the art »

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  • Kirk Pacenti says:

    One of my favorite places in the world to ride!

  • Robert Mann says:

    One of my greatest wishes for the tanks is that they would fill one of them with potable water. How great would that be to be able to fill up right there?

  • EpicAndy says:

    At first, I saw the photo of all the butt cheeks, and I was sure it was a portrait of the ASS. Alas, no. He was likely somewhere MUCH cooler, as always.

  • Cole Trickle says:

    What’s behind the tanks? The photos aren’t hi-res enough, but I see what looks like trails back there.

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