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).
On one end of one of the most popular spots in the Mission to view street art-Clarion Alley-there is this face way up there. And it is GIANT. I was walking eastward down the alley from Valencia to Mission, and as I approached Mission Street I started to pay particular attention to the change in texture of a certain building to my left. This building has shingles down the side-a different type of texture than the surrounding surfaces, the context of which influences the look of this particular artwork. The shingle patterning stops a few feet before the end of the building, and that is where this face begins. It’s quite a noticeable face due to its size and because it is mostly black and white, an anomaly in such a colorful San Francisco alley.