June 25, 2013

Street Art in San Francisco

I never imagined San Francisco hiding streets and walls filled with colorful paintings. Street art full of feelings and culture at the heart of this wonderful city in California.

Arte callejero en el corazón de San Francisco

Hundreds of murals fill Mission district, San Francisco neighborhood where Mexican population is concentrated.  

For a moment, when I leave the subway and go up the stairs, it's seems to be in another country.

From the street 14th to 24th, especially from 20th to 24th, more artistic expressions are painted on the walls of this neighborhood. Don't pass up the small alleys that at first glance seem mere streets but have the best-kept hidden treasures, as Clarion End.

All these artworks are signed by the artist and dated, so  the message of its creators will last forever.

Paintings in bright colors, futuristic or expressions of nature and daily life.

Political criticism, reflections of life and death and the strong presence of religion, are the most controversial posts we can find walking around Mission.

This neighborhood is not only street murals and paintings, but much more. It is clearly divided in half, where the turning point is the famous Mission Dolores Park. Everything changes from the other side of this park, with pastel houses and monuments inspired by the Spanish missions and colonial time. But, we'll talk some other time on this side of the neighborhood. Let's return to the stunning street art.

On 23rd and 24th streets , toward Mission Street, it's best to get lost and don't spinning any mural. In these places, I found some of the largest and most impressive ones, with scenes of ancient Mexico.

Certainly their culture and customs arising from these walls.

There are entire buildings with murals, this in particular, represents the music and its artists.

Another famous painted buildings, is the one dedicated to famous baseball team the San Francisco Giants. .

I must confess that some alleys caused me great respect and was not able to cross the invisible line created by electrical cord hanging full of shoes with names on its soles.

Two murals that covered the facade into two completely different buildings, really impressed me. The first is a painting in bright colors in tribute to women, and represents all times and stages of their lives, thus proclaiming their rights and equality between men and women.

The other is dedicated to immigrants, leaving all their lifes, their family and home, to go ahead and seek a better life.

Every detail, every idea and feeling reflected in a wall. No doubt that street art in the heart of San Francisco is something I will never forget.