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See the Thrillah on Manila

Harrison House / Bay Bridge Project

Desert Dancer

My Song of Oakland

Bulwinkle Plaza, California

"First be sure you are wrong, then go ahead."


Sun Flowers growing in front of one my old sunlowers. I love how

the steel stuff ages. Looks better all the time. A museum which owns

one of my older pieces contacted me and asked if they could

galvanize it to prevent it from rusting. Sure, I said. You own it

so if you want to ruin it, go ahead and galvanize it.


A Desert Aminal


Cat dreams in Alameda, Ca.

A Bulwinkle Bench at the Oak Knoll Development in Oakland, Ca.

Straight grained repurposed red wood, galvanized steel pipe bamboo,

and rusted steel creatures ala Bulwinkle, the inventor of rust. / 2023



Photo by Eva Soltes of Harrison House in Joshua Tree, California

Santa's double Tams by Agnes Rettie of Alameda, California


A Bulwinkle Poochie as a Christmas gift in 2023 even.


Shadowland on a redwood fence in West Berkeley, Ca.


Odd flying bugs in the woods of northern California. Probably mutations

having evolved in the cisterns of old now extinct hippy comunes which

once infested the area. Life goes on. Just differently.

Alethea crash lands the cock rocket into Philo, California.



And so it is at Easter time that

another Bunny is hatched.

It's in the Bible so it must be true.

This is in the bible too, but it is not true. 2022


Fence Dog(1992) on guard somewhere in Berkeley, California.

Lawyers and doctors and dentists. They can't take a joke.

What kinda dreams do they have? Do they dream even?

From Bend, Oregon, a torch cut screen from the early 1980's

Who are those apples of his eyes? I wonder.


Brrrr. Good place for that kinda dog. Guarding my sun in Truckee, Ca.

Six more feet of white stuff on it's way this week! Woooof!


Annie's desert fence line(2021) Then 550 miles south in the desert,

Another kinda dog guards her twins images up against the

mountains of Joshua Tree National Park.


Twin Dogs Fence


An Aminals pull cart on a Mojave desert golf course(2021)


I return to the Rockridge with a fire screen for a family.

"Everything she told me in a short conversation I managed

to fit in this piece." Careful what you say to an artist.

July of 2021

And yet another fire screen somewhere somewhere, 2023



July 2021, Woodside, California

It fit! A miracle.


Two views of the same sculpture in Orinda

taken 20 years apart. In the bottom picture

the morning sun has just begun to light it up.


And a little bit of Californiana in Alameda, Ca.


Dare To Be Dumb

"First be sure you are wrong, and then go ahead." - mb

Portrait photo by Sadie Hazelkorn in Joshua Tree, California. 2015

This site is a creation of the Artist, Mark Bulwinkle. It shows some of the

work he considers "ornamental," or ornametal, created for clients for

domestic use in and around their houses. The imagery used in these pieces

is usually personal, having to do with the client, and always harvested

from Mr. Bulwinkle's image library, a collection of varmints, critters, and

people he has been inventing in his tiny brain for 56 years now.

If you are curious what his work might cost, please e-mail

Mark Bulwinkle at markbul@sonic.net for details.

Mark Bulwinkle taking apart his largest piece of ornamental art,

"The Thrillah on Manila" in Oakland, California's Rockridge

in 1993. No, everyone, the City did not make him take it down.

The picture is lifted from the Archives of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The image that inspired 10,000 imitators. This piece sat atop that little

bungalow in the Rockridge district of Oakland, California from 1980

to 1992 when I tore the entire steel infection down and returned the house

to it's original boring bungalow in gray. Hey. She got the house and I

got the trailer. And I have never stopped barking at the moon. The

iconic piece of Oakland is now on a wall somewhere in Santa Fe, NM.

Thanks for the memory.


Just up the road from me in 29, a poem to desert varmints / 2021


Harrison House Gate in Joshua Tree, Ca.True beauty never rests.

In the rarefied class concious Art world my work has always been

called too "accessible." I prefer think of it as "magnetic."

A Sunny Sun in San Leandro made from left over parts. Love it.


Somewhere on the Pacific Coast of Seattle, Washington

My California Sun warms the side of a very brave home.



"The City" was created in 1993 for the Liz Claiborne store in San Francisco.

This work, measuring 8' x 12', was created with an even earlier Bulwinkle

style in mind. It's shape conforms to the stairway leading to the second floor of

that store. Currently owned by a private art collector in the Bay Area.

Click on "The City" for a much larger view!

"The City" at it's new home 600 feet underground in a bomb proof

bunker created especially for this priceless work of art. The gentleman

standing to the left is the full time guard and conservator of that piece.

Not bad work if you can get it.



Shoka's Sun 2018

My patron, John Hamilton, Me, and Libby Schaaf, the mayor

of Oakland, California, standing in front of "My Song of Oakland."

Completed and installed in 2019.

Mark's Alter Ego who keeps him on the straight and narrow.


Hot off the factory floor in 2019 are Sarah and Rex

destined for the Corral at the Country Kitchen in

where else but downtown Joshua Tree, California!


And below, four brand new beauteous whoreseys!

Created here in Oakland in 2020






A dog privacy gate in Carmel, California. 2018

Standing guard near the Columbia River


Somewhere in Portland, Oregon a whole zoo cut from

old 55 gallon oil drums

"Do you make bird baths?"

Sure, I can make a bird bath.

And another happy soul.



Detail from "My Song of Oakland" - 2018

"My Song of Oakland" - 9' x 25'


Eight new sconces for Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, Ca.

Light box screens 2' x 2' x 8"

Hand cut steel

















An imaginary botanical theme of hand cut polychrome steel for a

business on Berkeley, California's Telegraph Avenue.


Somewhere in Marin County, California is a nice Big Fish keeping warm.


Pink nosed alligator sneeze guard glass holders for an organic salad bar. Can

anything be too mundane for the artist to do? I seem to think not. September 2015.


A beloved family dog at the top of a twenty foot pole somewhere in the

the Napa Valley twenty years ago.

"A Mermaid with all the happy ship yard riggers inside"

Flame cut steel from 1986, 8 x 30 ft, in some shiney glass buiding in San Francisco, Ca.

Err, speaking of (stray) dogs, click on this picture of these four fearless canines for more pictures.

Lover Dog Door, 2018

The Aminals, 2018

An old piece from 1976 has finally found a new home way, way up

in the Oakland Hills. So long, you two. Be well.

The spirit of Bulwinkle is alive somewhere in Minnesota.

And on Shattuck Ave in Oakland, California

Where was served very strong coffee at coffee shop Mike's


DogCar tin can cut out racing in a breakfast nook window in Emeryville, California.

Above - somewhere in the woods of Idaho, watching over symbols of hope, peace, am I.

Really, for this artist, it may not ever get much better than this. What's it all about?

Tin can spirits somewhere in Portland, Oregon.


Bulwinkle tin can jewelry modeled by Eva Soltes of Harrison House.

Most dizzying.

A young man e mailed me and asked if I might make a screen for his girlfriend for her birthday.

Since his girlfriend was a graduate of Wavy Gravy's Camp Winnarainbow, he wanted the subject

to contain th Winnarainbow emblem. Now, normally, I don't do that kind of thing. I do what I want

to do and I don't take suggestions or orders from anybody. People get what I give 'em. However, I

thought about this one instead of instantly deleting it. Knowing that Wavy was a long time fan of my work

and then remembering all those years back for me when love was a sweet and beautiful thing

lighting my way to a bright future instead of a radiuactive monster to be feared which, face it,

it can become in old age, I agreed to make a screen for the happy young couple, but only if

I could make whatever I wanted t make.. The young man agreed, and above is what came out.

To soften any self inflicted blow which might occur from such a project, I recalled that

perfectly dreadful Paul McCartney tune from the seventies which will have to have contributed so

very much to my generation's impending dimentia. "Nice," I thought. I like it. "Very nice." mb, 2015

And then this "shard" piece from about 1985 owned and cared for by a family in Orinda, California.

The only other patron who considered these of interest was Bill Gates, who purchased eight from

a show in Portland, Oregon. He distributed them here and there on the Microsoft campus,

so I am told. A rest from the tyranny of technology, I wonder?

This too, below, from Orinda, California, mid to late 90s.


And above and below, work made for the Napa ValleyWine Auction in 1995 or so in the

collection of Robert Mondavi Center in Davis, California. Graphically cut steel when it

was still brand new and all mine, a Mark Bulwinkle, of course.


And on an island west of Seattle, a celebration of a couple's

favorite things.



Its the latest, its the greatest. Most recent cut-with-a-torch

sheet metal sconce for a Portland, Oregon family. July, 2015. Rock on.

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

"Burt in Heaven" sent to me by Jim Roberts, an old admirer of my work

who seems to be living on a lake in New York State. L'chaim, Jim.

Created in 1987 or so from steel and Burt, a real person, who may

or may not be in heaven, but he should be.

Slip cast ceramic painted with synthetic enamel

also somewhere in the state of New York.


Glazed Ceramic slip castings from early seventies.


Has Mark no shame??


For the same residence in Portland, Oregon, I created a sconce for the

front door. Flatbar, tin can sheet, Indian Mica and Rustoleum.

A big thing in a small package. Happiness on a cold rainy day.

A jewel for a home in the great Northwestern United States. July, 2015.


Image for T shirt for long distance swimmer in New York. Click on the Mermaid

to see more tin can cut-outs of swimmers swimming.


A friendly green ceramic flower to greet the Mail Lady on her rounds

in Baltimore, Md. And in the lovely young couples bedroom, a stoneware

harbinger of the future - "I love you forever you Bastard." Those things

can be lethal when hurled from close range.,


Residential parlor light, site specific, 1997, about four feet deep.

Hand cut steel and photo translucent plastic. San Francisco, Ca.


Residential ceiling light, over the pool table, about 40" long, 1997.

Site and client specific hand cut steel and photo translucent plastic.

San Francisco. Ca. and, below, a lighted mirror for a horse-woman in Montana.


Below are examples of a lamp created for a client in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The dimensions

of this lamp are about eight feet in diameter by, as I recall, four or five feet deep. It

dominates the family room of a very large "mud" house, a type of building material and architecture

common to the arid Western United States. The lamp was conceived as a sort of poem to Santa Fe which

by then, the mid nineteen-nineties, had coopted so much of my cut steel "look" and called it their own.

So, it was an odd and not entirely pleasant experience to be saluting a genre that was actually

at one time simply known as "Bulwinkle." Materials used are aluminum, steel, and Indian mica.


Below, a bird sconce for that same house and...

Marcia Donahue's experienced hands sewing a leather

hand rail cover created by Wheelskins of Berkeley, Ca.


Below, a much younger me admires his Dunstall Norton.

Such a very inspiring two wheeled piece of art.

Below, Bolinas window spirits. On the surface of every tin can is a spirit waiting to run free.

The next time you casually open a can of soup, think of this; not too long ago that simple

can was just a few spoonfuls of dirt. So treat those dear cans with respect so as not to anger

the can spirits imprisoned within. They may visit you some day. 2015, Marky B.

And, below, a cube lamp for someone twenty years ago somewhere in ... Texas?


2014, Octagon Lamp, just completed at the studio, ready to go to San Francisco.

Black iron frame, stainless steel figures, orange Indian mica.

Capucinos for two in North Beach

Cable car in sanded stainless steel.

Birds in tule marsh in the bay.

A mule? A horse? One must start these things somewhere.

The artist, "M", in his comutoicopter , flying in a fog, as usual.

My client, John, in his dog. (All men are dogs?) Woof.

Sailboat on the bay.

Flying away.


Lauren and The Dogs in Santa Fe on the Cactus Bench, created about the same time

she was born. Photo taken by the doting dad, who is a not so distant relation to the smiling dogs.




Above: Seven exterior sconces on the Peninsula below San Francisco for a private home. 2012

Below: Four stainless steel radiator shields for an apartment overlooking San Francisco Bay. 2014

Two ceiling lamps, faux bamboo, flat black frame, stainless steel over Indian mica.

Lamps are piano hinged for easy bulb access. July, 2014. Site and client specific.


1/4 scale model for a public art proposal. Guarded now by a Clayton Baily

tobacco spit monster out in the Pecos River section of my garden. Street Lighting.

How do I keep the cat out of my bedroom? A cat door, of course.

Below, Angel Cat on a wall somewhere in San Francisco.

Below, "Rescue Dogs" gate, Moterey, Ca. 2014, Also site and client specific.

Click on the picture above for more dogs.

Happy Dog somewhere in Monterey, California

Below, six lights for a bedroom ceiling.



Above: "Good Morning!", 2006, Piedmont Ave. district., Oakland, Ca.

Dog door, 2006, Piedmont Ave. district, Oakland, Ca.

A small lamp for computer people 2008


House spirits, somewhere near Piedmont Ave., Oakland, Ca.

Beauty and the beholder in the California Desert (Eva Soltes photography)


The Altenberg Gate. Steel. For more detailed pictures click on the image

of this site/family specific gate created in 2008/09, in Kensington, California.



A garden gate for Barney Ward of Davis, California. About 4ft. x 4ft, made from

rebar and plate steel and painted black 2008




Barney Ward's Garden Gate with story as told by his brother Richard.











The above eight pictures are from The Purple Bluegrass House in North Oakland, Ca. 2005


1989, Crow Canyon Shopping Center, San Ramone, Ca.

"Maria's," created with the best tradition of Mexican iron work in mind. 2012

Haircut anyone? 2011, Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, Ca.


A bathroom in Joshua Tree, California awaiting grouting.

Composed and tiled by Perry Hoffman of MagentaRaven.

Bulwinkle tile inserts in a commercially tiled floor somewhere on Shattuck Ave.,

Berkeley, California, USA.


West Berkeley, California antique(square) rebar fence 2007

Flying home, 2008, West Berkeley, California.

Welcome Back, 2006, West Berkeley, California.



Mike Dore's house, North Berkeley, California. 1992

Mike Door's Garden Gate, North Berkeley, California. 1992



Restaurant door, steel painted black, about 4 ft. x 8ft. Berkeley, Ca. 2009


Trinity St. Gate, Kensington Hills, Ca. 2012

Gnomes? Sure, Bulwinkle does gnomes.

Whatzis? You tryna learn me somethin? Click on "Plato's Cave" and se

Jumpin' Java Coffee Shop, Berkeley, Ca. 2013. A sunny day in paradise.

Click on the picture to see more details of Mike's Jewel in the Crown of Shattuck Ave.


Bamboo plumbing pipe hand rail in the Elmwood District of Berkeley, Ca. 2010

Old galvanized steel bamboo railing somewhere in Oakland, California. 2016

Galvanized steel heartfelt handrail with Bulwinkle tiles. Somewhere in Oakland. 2016

Scary guard fish in the window.

The Mal of the house.

Meanwhile, over in Alameda, a reject handle and an ancient Bulwinkle fish from 1978

mounted on a brand new redwood gate.

Up in them thar Berkeley Hills, a giraff eating a crab apple.

And a cactus handle.

Steel Bamboo in the Berkeley Hills.

The Willard Middle School. A pro-bono job. 1994 and still there.


Richard Ward's office at The Dry Garden Nursery, Oakland, Ca. 2004

Big Happy Sun on Shattuck Ave. at the Dry Garden Nursery, 1992

The following several photos are of pieces created in 2014 for the Mad Monk,

or as many know it, the old Cody's Books on Telegraph Ave. In Berkeley,

California. Also, The steel bamboo railing was designed, fabricated, and

installed by me, rusty old Mark Bulwinkle.

Robert Oppenheimer, one time Berkeley resident and director of the creation

of the first atomic bomb. Here, now-I-am-become-death-Bob is overlooked by the beautiful

Sadie. May she and her generation never have to know the dubious blessings

of atomic power, as my generation and the previous one had.

Mario Savio, in his socks!, adressing the crowd at Sproul Plaza in 1964. Mario

cracked the egg that Grover Norquist is still trying to glue back together.

Robert Oppenheimer with pipe and atomic bomb epaulets in front of important

computations and a message from Einstein! "Oyvey! Now you've done it, Oppie."

Mario, having thrown himself on the gears of the merciless machine, Amazonas.

Ken, as coquistadore, taming the blond amazon warriors with an offering of pizza!

Malcolm Margolin, publisher, writer and Berkeley character. "There comes a time

in everyone's life when they just want to make a difference." He did, writing

and publishing in 1978 what the San Francisco Chronicle named as one of the one hundred

most important books of the twentieth century, The Ohlone Way.


Mark Bulwinkle, scrap head, torch tunged, inventor of rust, and the

creator of this work at The Mad Monk. "Is he still alive?" Apparently.

A beautiful two sided grouted psychco-ceramic sun flower. These plants used to

grow all over Berkeley on almost every street and in any back yard!

Julia Vinograd, the infamous Bubble Lady and Berkeley poet. A true artist in the

tradition of Walt Whitman, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and Ina Coolbirth. Hope

for humanity lives on with people like Julia.

Laurie Sarachan, amidst blooming beer can flowers, as Tzarina of Telegraph Ave.

Rasputin with pizza and vinyl record and flowers growing from his tzar cap.

Nice hair, Rasp man.

Moe Moskcowitz, a man of letters and the creator of Moe's Books, the internationally

admired book store, two doors away. Moe is gone but his wonderful book store, with

daughter Doris at the helm, sails on. "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, kid."

Art 101: Carefully select the venues in which you show your work.

"Your art career can suffer only so many merciless humiliations." - Marcel Duchamp

Carol White Gate, San Francisco, Ca., stainless steel on rust, constructed and installed

about 2005. Inside view.


Carol White Gate, outside, street side, rust with marsupials in rust.


Bob Clark gate, Oakland hills, built around 1993. The Twin Suns Gate.


Lifshez gate, Oakland hills. Constructed in 1982. Gate moved to this location,

an architectural landmark, and the house was modified to fit the gate.

Laundry-room-chorus-security bars in Berkeley. Nothing is too mundane for this artist.

Twin New Zealand Door Panels. As always, hand cut steel.

And below, a couple of smaller window screens. 2015

Below, same client as above, four door screens. About six by eight feet. Hand cut improvised flora of New Zealand also serve as a measure of security.

Above, 2015, hand cut steel for a home in San Francisco, California

And below, recent (2015)sconces for The Mad Monk on illuminate a wall on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California

Above and below, hand cut and painted steel railing. Ten feet of seventy feet. Berkeley, California. All made to code.

See all of the panels here


Below is a project I did in 1995 for a toddlers park in LosGatos, California, Dolores Huerta's old home town. The imagery is deliberately simple

and brightly colored. There were considerable design compromises to which I agreed in order to accommodate the fears of certain city council

members of the City of San Jose. Really, though, I think a baby chicken is a poor substitute for Dolores's favorite bird, the Farmworkers'

great and defiant black eagle. Also, it seemed a bit much to cut the udders from the cow. Do adults really think toddlers do not recall where

milk comes from besides the dairy case at the supermarket? Or is that just politicians? Otherwise, I hope the kids have liked it their fence critters.

Dolores Huerta Todlers Park in Los Gatos, California


Below, Malcolm X School project in Berkeley, California

Rivka and three of her students at Malcolm X School in Berkeley, Ca. Rivka

teaches the students at Malcolm X about how our food grows. The three rusty

figures (of twenty) in back were cut out and mounted by Mr. Bulwinkle. The

students designed them and Mr. Bulwinkle facilitated their imaginations with

steel. One of the artist's favorite projects. Life can feel good sometimes.


(A little story cut from steel)

Bulwinkleland in 1980

Gone forever the good old days

Here forever the bad old days


Bulwinkle's first gate, constructed for his old house in the Rockridge district

of Oakland, Ca. around 1978. Boiler tube and cut-out negative shapes.

Waste not, want not. This gate rests in a garden in the Elmwood district now,

far away from the Ship Yards of San Francisco, Ca. where Bulwinkle practiced

a trade he had learned after earning an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute

in 1973. In the ship yard he realized that the world of sculpture in steel need not be

such a macho male oriented art form. With actual skill, it was possible to bring to

steel sculpture a certain delicacy at the time associated with feminine qualities. Skill with

this craft also seemed to him to enable story telling and elaborate gestural figure

making with steel, something that he felt had never been done, probably because

no artist had ever invested the time necessary to actually learn the skill of

welding and burning and combining it with a rambunctous

and educated eye for good graphic design. Some might say, however,

that Bulwinkle was just too lazy to figure out how to dislodge his foot

from his mouth, so to speak.


"Boo-Kay" on Hollis St., Emeryville, California. Click on the image to see more.


Emblem created for Eva Soltes of Harrison House, Joshua Tree, USA


The Maybeck 1 (Sack House) gate in the Berkeley Hills. A suitable gate for

a much treasured California architectural landmark. Constructed from rebar

salvaged from the 1989 earthquake collapse of the I-880 overpass virtually

in Mark's back yard. This gate weighs about 3000 pounds and much of it was

e if it be true.built on site along with an extensive garden railing fashioned from the same

salvaged material. A younger man's sport, this work is entirely welded

with 7018 electrode by the artist, who worked professionally as a welder

and burner in West Coast American ship yards for twelve years of his life.

God on the kitchen ceiling of a bungalow in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, California - 1975


"Dare to be Dumb," an early(1978) Bulwinkle sheet metal screen

very much at home on Cedar Street in Berkeley, California.

Posters for the American Composer Lou Harrison in the mid 1980s and...

A gate constructed at Harrison House, Joshua Tree, Ca., some thirty years later in 2017with the help of Eva Soltes, the same woman

who, 37 years ago, helped me silk screen 100 copies of the above Lou Harrison Poster.


And who says high art is not accessible?


Mark Elliott Bulwinkle in his well apportioned living room / entertainment center.

"I'yam what I'yam. I'yam Popeye the Sailor Man." West Oakland, California. 2005

In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is King...

Claes Oldenburg told me to

Telegraph and Durant

Quirky Berkeley


Dare to be Dumb