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 that you may not even see. ART on STREETS highlights this city’s art through the lens of a “Polaroid” camera (except it’s various apps on the iPhone). Each week we will feature a different soundtrack for your viewing pleasure: a single song from a Bay Area musical artist. So plug in your earbuds (or not) and have a listen while you check out the art.
This week’s art piece is on the Women’s Building in the Mission. The building is quite large and is covered by bright and bold murals about women. I have been thinking about how to do the murals justice, and I have come to the conclusion that I have to do it in parts. The piece I am starting with is on the north side of the building (on 18th Street). It is at the very top right-a painting of a woman’s profile. I was inspired to pay attention to smaller sections of this giant collective piece by this week’s musical artist, Renee Wilson. Renee shared this personal “Street Art Inspiration” moment about the woman in the mural: “This beautiful woman inspired me to take her photo as I was walking down the street”¦I don’t know who she is or what her story is, but she spoke to me in a way that made me see myself in her being. I chose my song “Maybe” as her theme song because it is an uplifting song about self-love, facing fears and moving toward the light in the face of challenge and adversity. She inspires me to see the strength, love and power within at all times. I see this in her and I think she sees it in us as well.”
To find the Women’s building, take the J and get off at 18th Street. Walk past Dolores Park. You simply cannot miss the building on the south side of the 18th street (right before you get to Valencia). If you take this route, you will be on the side of the building where this piece is located.
Musical Artist: Renee Wilson