Saturday, April 10, 2010
I was a little surprised the other day to see that the Walgreens near my San Francisco Mission district home had this bursting out along its quarter-block side wall. Are we about to enter a new psychedelic season?
Here's the finished version, a day later:
Interesting -- not exactly gripping. But hey, at least it probably won't get graffitied every night. Maybe.
This mural is in sharp contrast to the mural on the new Walgreens only five blocks away at the corner of Mission and Cezar Chavez Streets. That location was controversial to put it mildly. Community activists were arrested at the site trying to block bureaucratic approvals for the new structure; they wanted low income housing on the vacant lot. They lost. It is now a Walgreens topped by new condominiums.
But Walgreens did plant a mural on the side of the building. And it is in the neighborhood's signature (almost trite) style.
It's a tribute to farmworker organizer Cesar Chavez and Mission culture.
The iconic United Farm Workers Union eagle is prominent.
So are neighborhood low-riders and a mixed race couple. How hip! Note the funeral portrait of Cesar carried in the background.
The mariachis and the Carneval drummer are as authentic as can be.
Neighborhood stalwarts from Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center got the job for this one. Good to see some of the development money staying local.