San Francisco's Hidden Art Gallery - The Mission District



San Francisco has a rich art culture. SF MoMa offers an art experience like no other, including (at the time of this writing) a video montage covering 2 x 2 story walls capturing every aspect of character the city has to offer, each segment moving and doing their own thing in small ways--a show I could sit for hours and watch. And that's just the tip of the cultural iceberg. Lucasfilm's headquarters, located in the historic Presidio National Park, has an extensive Star Wars museum. The Palace of Fine Arts is a beautiful structure around complex waterworks. Golden Gate Park has so many attractions that it's practically a world in itself, each varied and rich, just waiting to be discovered.


Far across the City, however, is an art gallery that receives far less attention that it deserves. Deep in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District (the setting for my book, Zima: Origins), around the corner from a restaurant with the best soft tacos you'll ever taste, is an inconspicuous alley filled wall-to-wall with hidden treasures.


I hope you enjoy the tour.



Most of them are on garage doors, some on fences, some take the whole side of the house. Each has a unique art style and a different message.




This one my companion and I discussed for about 15 minutes before moving on. Every brush stroke seemed to tell a story, from the gentrification on the right, to the inequality on the left, and cultural references all around.



And more than a few had current political views to share with tourists walking through their hidden gallery.






Some have suffered the effects of time.
















Even old toilets don't go to waste.



One of my favorite books as a kid.





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