Street art and artists in the Mission
Friday, August 21, 2009
Clarion is an alley connecting Valencia to Mission, between a cop shop and a crack market, with murals of devils and angels and a moving stairway to heaven.
Close by is the Women's Building, a colorful paean to female heroes and goddesses, from Guatemalan peace activist Rigoberto Menchu to scientist Marie Curie.
A couple of blocks up is an intricate mural on the facade of a writer's school and colony, depicting the human race's attempts at communication.
In between and all around San Francisco's Mission District are posters and poetry and political calls to action. There are tribal graffiti and Gothic lettering, traditional murals and lattices of tags. Now, a new book, "Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo," has captured and honored the varied artists and activists of the street.