Found: Sacramento History Transformed Into Wall Art

Pat Brown campaign ad, $195
Pat Brown campaign ad, $195

By Laura Braden

Been to 58 Degrees (1217 18th Street) lately? Then you likely noticed dozens of hilarious, vintage ads lining the walls.

What you might not have known is the cool story behind the art … Local artist Chris Lango combines his love of history and journalism by taking copies of old newspaper articles, magazine pieces, print advertisements, telegrams, public records, personal papers, etc. and transforms them into larger than life pieces of art. He then ages and attaches them to canvases of all sizes.

I stumbled across his work while scouring Etsy for local art/paintings for my new apartment. I loved a giant  Sacramento Bee ad for Pat Brown’s first Gubernatorial race, but by the time I actually clicked “pay” someone had already scooped it! I emailed him that night and heard back in the morning. Not only did he create another one, but he hand-delivered it to my apartment, which just happened to be a few blocks from his studio. Now THAT’S customer service.

In addition to decorating your personal office or home, I would encourage small business owners to contact him and ask what’s available in their genre. From hair salons and pet shops to fashion boutiques and coffee shops, it’s a lovely way to honor the more humorous side of Sacramento’s history.

In addition to his Etsy store, Scout Living (1215 18th Street), Elks Tower Penthouse (921 11th Street), Zocalo (1801 Capitol Avenue) and Crepeville  (1730 L Street) have several pieces for sale – happy shopping!

K Street Market circa 1918, $40
K Street Market circa 1918, $40
Swell dressers circa 1903, $110
Swell dressers circa 1903, $110
Wives Wanted circa 1912, $150
Wives Wanted circa 1912, $150

 

 

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