ART on STREETS: Dragon

Untapped photographer Faern encounters a dragon in Chinatown

One of the most enjoyable things about living in the city of San Francisco is how visually dynamic it is. There is simply art everywhere, but not in a way that inundates you. The most interesting pieces are hidden away in nooks and crannies, and many people often overlook the “candy”  placed in prominent locations.  ART on STREETS highlights this city’s art through the lens of a “Polaroid”  camera (except it’s an app on the phone).

Late one afternoon while wandering through Chinatown I came across this dragon. The extreme hustle and bustle of the neighborhood makes it really easy to miss the artwork in the area; most of the time shoppers and tourists overflow into the streets, blocking views of walls and building faces.  I was lucky enough to find a clear view of the whole mural. This piece fits well into the neighborhood by highlighting contrasting colors: Chinatown has a lot of reds and yellows, whereas the dragon painting features the calming hues of flowing watery blues. This piece is on Clay just east of Fillmore. It may not be there for much longer as it seems to be defaced and painted over a number of times. What in your life has been recently covered or uncovered?

 Chinatown, dragon, murals

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