If you have driven through downtown recently, you may have seen the latest mural to adorn the San Jose skyline. This striking, five-story mural honors the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The mural was painted by Chuba Ovolu on the west side of a prominent, 110-year-old building on Santa Clara Street that is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. These renovations are currently scheduled to be completed in March. The owners of the building, DivcoWest, were the ones that commissioned the mural and decided the concept.
“It’s such a visible downtown location and that large wall almost begs for art to be on it,” said DivcoWest representative Andrew Neilly. DivcoWest liked artist Oyolu’s work and asked him to paint RBG. “She’s such an American hero and with what we’ve all been through in the last year, we need our heroes now more than ever,” Neilly said. “RBG was more than a Supreme Court justice of historic stature, she was a cultural icon, a role model and inspiration to so many people everywhere,” Neilly said. “We wanted to remind future generations of her energy and grace.”