Beer Can Monolith creator updates Richmond artworks for 420 Day

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Beer Can Monolith creator updates Richmond artworks for 420 Day
Beer Tower on left at The Factory Bar. Beer Tower on right at Black Star Pirate BBQ. (Photos contributed)

By Kathy Chouteau

Just in time for 420 Day Wed., April 20, the Beer Can Monolith creator (BCM creator) has upgraded two existing Richmond art pieces to reflect the aforementioned number in the spirit of the annual counterculture holiday.

The enigmatic Richmond artist—who prefers to remain anonymous and upcycles beer cans in works situated indoors and out—tipped the Standard off that the city’s Black Star Pirate BBQ’s “Beer Beacon Tower” was remodeled in February (fittingly) during SF Beer Week, while the “Beer Tower” at The Factory Bar was redone last weekend. Both works are now part of the artist’s 420 series and consist of exactly that number of beer cans each.

The Beer Beacon Tower, consisting of 340 beer cans before its February update, predominantly features Northern California brews such as East Brother Beer Co. and Laughing Monk Brewing, while the Beer Tower at The Factory Bar, which previously consisted of 326 beer cans, features some local brews as well as a mish-mash of others in a variety of sizes.

Community members can check out the BCM creator’s updated works at Black Star Pirate BBQ, 1900 Stenmark Dr. in Richmond and at The Factory Bar, 12517 San Pablo Ave. in Richmond. For more info about the artist’s other works throughout Richmond and beyond, visit Facebook here.