The Mission is a predominantly Latino and Chicano area in San Francisco. In recent years, gentrification has created a more diverse environment. The Mission is well established as an epicenter for politically motivated mural art work, started by the Chicano Art Mural Movement in the 1970’s. The street murals can be seen throughout the area and especially on Balmy and Clarion Alley's. There are a plethora of tours available by local artist and docents. Often just walking by it is possible to catch an on going tour.
Guatemalan political murals
Where The Wild Things Are!
A mural representing several prominent Latinos
This mural is a reflection on the AIDS epidemic and quotes W.B Yeats from his poem
The Second Coming
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
Things Fall Apart is also the title of Chinua Achebe novel,
an African novel that reflects on the impact of colonization.
This poem and this novel are amazing and if you have not already read them I highly recommend them!
This mural is about Los Desperatos- After war broke out in Venezuela families would carry photos of their lost loved ones- It has an eerie familiarity with the World Trade Center families and the photos they carried.
This one depicts the Aztec prophesy of the Apocalypse predicted for 2012
This wave made in 2002- prior to the tsunami that devastated Thailand yet it is now viewed as a premonition of sorts.
The not so 'new' Mission Theater