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MISSION District, San Francisco: 10 reviews and 21 photos

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One of the most interesting aspects of the Mission District is the plethora of murals that cover buildings, walls, fences, garage doors, and other vertical structures of streets and alleys. The area was heavily settled by Latinos in the 1960s, and the Chicano Art Mural Movement of the 1970s began the murals that were often based on traditional Mexican paintings. Some of the the original murals and a wide variety of more modern murals are found on 24th Street, Balmy Alley, and Clarion Alley. San Francisco as a whole claims some 600 murals with the majority in the Mission District.

The Balmy Alley mural project began in 1971, and many of the original Mission District murals created by a group called Mujeres Muralistas are located here. In the 1980s a group of muralists called Placa created murals in Balmy Alley against the US government actions in Central America. Today Balmey Alley has over 30 murals.

Precita Eyes is a group of local artists that painted some of the murals; they give tours of some of the murals.

During our visit, we swung through Clarion Alley, and spent 10-15 minutes here admiring the murals. We saw the big Carnival Mural on Harrison Street, then we passed by Balmy Alley, but didn't spend much time here.

othercontact: Precita Eyes is located at 2981

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 30, 2008
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