The Gift of Xochitlquetzal arrives on 24th Street in front of Precita Eyes
She is the gift of nurturing and the blossoming in all creation.
The design for the mosaic mural is inspired by Latino cultural motifs “Xochtlquetzal” (Flower Goddess), palabras (speech glyphs) Aztec calendar day symbols Mallinalli (Life) and Tzontemoc (Death) Xochitlquetzal’S spirit is coming through the front door of the center offering the sun and the four directions. She is declaring an abundance of creativity and imagination. The dualities, Mallinalli is facing the east and Tzontemoc is facing west.
Laguna Honda, Finished!
Details from the newly-finished 600 foot mural at the base of Laguna Honda Hospital, started in 2015 by Precita Eyes muralists Elaine Chu and Yuka Ezoe, with the help of dozens of community partners.
Restoring Cherished Murals Keeps These Community Stories Vibrantly Alive
Precita Eyes painstakingly revives two iconic San Francisco murals.
The Ping Yuen mural (above) at the housing project of the same name depicts the contributions, hopes and memories of SF's Chinatown. Painted in 1999 by Darryl Mar, who joined the restoration team, the mural at Stockton and Pacific is dedicated to "the memory of Sing Kan Mah and all those who have struggled to make America their home."
Bulgarian Artist on Treasure Island Seeks to Bring "Precita Eyes Muralists-style" Murals Back Home
According to muralist Oleg Gotchev, a visiting Fulbright scholar, "Socially-oriented murals are uncharted territory in Bulgarian mural art. The kind of murals you see in San Francisco, the kind that present the problems of society and diverse social groups, don't really exist in my country." Read more here.
Precita Eyes Muralists, in Your Own Words
Listen to what people are saying about Precita Eyes, and take a tour of the Mission's mural-making community.
Thanks to muralists Juana Alicia and Meera Desai, youth artist and Precita collaborator Xavier Bess, Calle 24 cultural district organizer Erick Arguello, and friends at the California Historical Society Murales Rebeldes community day and the Cesar Chavez Day parade, April 2018. (Music by Manuel Obregón.)
Murals We Have Loved and Lost
Twenty years ago in the Mission, the Lilli Ann mural disappeared overnight to a developer's zeal. Public outcry and a landmark legal decision brought partial redress. But the cycle of mural erasure and community resistance continues today.
Nicknamed "Lilli Ann" for the garment factory it adorned, "Chuy" Campusano's exuberant four-story mural defined the corner of Treat Ave. and 17th Street for 14 years. But on July 25, 1998, it was erased overnight when the building's new owners whitewashed it. Under the Visual Artists' Rights Act, the artist's family later won a precedent-setting settlement.
Murals By Students Around the Bay
From Daly City, Oakland and the Mission, young people's visions of tradition and challenge, the underwater world, and the future of technology, here.
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