- mural arts
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Mural Director: Fred Alvarado, Suaro Cervantes, Marina Perez- Wong, Max Allbee
Location: The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Description: “And The Earth Did Not Swallow Them” is the title of a temporary mural painted at the James T Gallery in the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. The title is lifted from Tomas Rivera’s book entitled Ey No Se Lo Trago La Tierra”. The book tells the tale of an immigrant farm working family in the 1950’s United States. While the book dealt with the issues and concerns of that time, the book’s title and story reminds one that although marginalized and almost forgotten, the memories live on or like a saying coming out of Mexico in 2014 regarding the disappearance of 43 student teachers in Ayotzinapa, they tried to bury us but they did not know that we were seeds. This holds true to victims of police terror, displacement, and genocide in San Francisco, New York, and the world. Through our activism and search for justice the memories of past injustices serve as fuel for contemporary and future generations in the fight for balance, equity, justice, and the decolonization of the mind and body. The iconography of the mural, starting from the top to the bottom, is made up of portraits of Trayvon Martin and Alex Nieto, two of the many victims of police violence in the United States. Trayvon and Alex are holding their arms up as a reference to the popular protest movements of Black Lives Matter, Brown Lives Matter, and All Lives Matter. A b-girl holding a breakdancing pose on the top of the turtle shows hope in creativity and freedom of expression. On either side of the turtle, architecture and signs playfully engage the issue of gentrification effecting neighborhoods on the East and West coast. The central image of the mural, a turtle, is a symbol of Earth and specifically North America, a reference to The term Turtle Island, universally used as a name for North America by it’s Native people. The turtle is a symbol of the Earth living, moving, breathing and supporting, a reminder of the connectedness of the living planet and our effects on it. ”Presente” is included as a word play on a popular chant remembering those who have passed, as in “Those we have lost are Present”. The mural includes an indigenous women from Guatemala riding a bicycle rigged up with a people powered blender and record player. She is a symbol of the intrinsic and necessary force of femininity, healthy living, and love, an attempt at providing solutions to our movement forward. A movement of solidarity that includes the memories of our ancestors and the present day inclusion of our great, wonderful, and diverse cultures.
© 2015 Precita Eyes Muralists.
Mural Director: Cory Devereaux
Location: Cypress Alley, 929 Capp Street
Description: Directed by Cory Devereaux In collaboration with Spotlight for the Arts: Ian, Izza, Julia, Keying, Koko, Mosiah, Trayvon, & Vicky Sponsored by California For The Arts. Funded by San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, & Their Families. Special thanks to PEM Volunteers Kinsey Hart & Alizia Gonzalez (Intern), & Jill & Alma, & Natalie, & Jon & Alina “Greetings from the Past/Greetings from the Future” comments on our changing San Francisco community, and its struggles and triumphs as seen in two oversized postcards. On the left-hand garage door, a scallop-edged card houses images from the past. Although somewhat cloaked in darkness, memories from the past show the culture, soul, and community of the people who live and thrive in this quickly changing place. We see iconic San Francisco Victorian houses (with one silhouette in an upper window), a backyard swing set with tire seat, schoolbooks (a nod to College Track, the triumphant after-school program that helps low-income students prepare, go to, and graduate from college), and a fluttering butterfly. From the chimney smoke of the old houses emerges the hair, and then the figure of an “unbothered” woman. Historically, she is Peace. As she rises from the flower garden at her feet, Peace looks to the future with calmness. Fortifying her, we see messages of Freedom, Community, Home, Change, and Hope so that she is at peace with whatever may happen. The future, as depicted in the postcard on the right side garage door, while different from the past, is not bleak. Although new buildings may supplant the old ones, the San Francisco skyline, and the Bay Bridge still dominate in the background. Bicycles replace cars, and even Mohawk-wearing cyclists help create a cleaner environment. The farthest right bicycle wheel morphs into the symbol of feminism as it accentuates gender equality. In the center of this postcard, the left fist rises, representing solidarity and empowerment. The fist does not reflect any one particular skin tone. It is purple, indicating any, and all people. The fist clenches down on the money mongers with their dollar sign eyes. The money symbols represent the escalating cost of living in San Francisco. Beyond the current difficulties of gentrification, powerful messages come forward: Guts Not Fear, Solidarity, and 99% Matter, and the sun, a symbol of hope, still shines from the upper right-hand corner. Uniting the two postcards are three interconnected symbols found in the center of the mural. The serpent wraps itself around the Sutro Tower in a caduceus style as it sheds its skin. The snake is Mercy, however, the caduceus can also represent healing. The tower also intertwines with the snake, and it is a symbol of strength and hope. The anchor carries the message (that come what may) “I Refuse to Sink”. Through the entire mural, and moving left to right, there are the horizontal lines of the spectrum. At times the line is a road, white caps, or dots. The spectrum is not black and white; it is fluid. The dots and the lines are also comments on change, since change is cyclical and messy.
Mural Director: Directed by Susan Cervantes, Elaine Chu, Yukako Ezoe and assisted by Suaro Cervantes in collaboration with the staff and patients of SFGH Psychiatric Dept.
Location: SFGH Psychiatric Dept. 7th floor, SF CA
Description: The three mural designs are community designed with the San Francisco General Hospital staff and psychiatric patients. The mural sites are located on the 7th floor out door patio. Each mural is 10’ x 15’. Title: “ Recovery, Wellness to Health” Mural #1 RECOVERY (next to the basketball court) Sky theme, color light blue In the foreground center of the mural is a diverse group of four patients from SFGH enjoying the music and company in a drum circle. The patients play in a drum circle often outside on the patio at SFGH. The rainbow behind the drum circle players creates a central arc of color that represents diversity and the LGBT population. In the different bands of color are music notes and a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt- “ With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts” In the top center of the mural is a vibrant colorful Phoenix kite soaring into the sky. The phoenix kite story is told in three stages. First a man finds the kite with a broken wing, he then is shown mending it and last he is running holding the kite and happily flying it while it flies higher in the sky. This story represents recovery and hope. Showing patients that there is hope in fixing something that is once thought to be broken. We would like the patients to look at this scene and see that there is hope for them too to feel better and recover. On the far right of the mural are two people playing soccer and one kicking the ball to make a goal. Many of the patients like sports and this mural will be behind the basketball court. A big part of recovery is exercise and fresh air. Keeping active and playing games with one another will promote community, friendships and exercise. The symbol on the top far right is a design drawn by a patient and it represents the sun. In the rings of the sun is Hope in English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. We have also placed the word Faith in different languages in the drums of the drum circle. Mural #2 WELLNESS (next to the Labyrinth) Earth theme, color green The drawing on the left has an overall coloration of green to represent the lushness on earth. In the center of the design a large heart is emanating a soft glow. It is lifted by the energy of love and joy of the people, who is holding hands forming a circle. As part of the dance circle there is a singing-girl with butterflies flying out like musical notes. All of their nationality ranges to show diversity. The earth is their stage, and its edge is surrounded by iconic land marks in multiple countries: Pyramid in Egypt, Mount McKinley in America, a pyramid in Mexico, and Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal in India, and Eiffel Tower of Paris. The bottom half of the earth has a house with a bountiful garden to indicate a healthy sustainable living. On the left, a caterpillar is feeding on the lavender. It transforms into a monarch butterfly, then flutters gracefully into the sky. This represents the metamorphosis of life. Behind the flowers above is a rainbow arching gradually to the large tree on the right. The leaves change color from red, yellow, orange to green to symbolize the seasons. The rainbow is also symbolic of the LGBT community. This mural panel represents 'Wellness”. The word 'Well' is highlighted. The children playing with the swing under the tree enjoying the beginning of the day in the morning sun. From the horizon line, a path way is followed by Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote, 'Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole stair case.' Mural #3 HEALTH (next to the picnic tables) Water theme, color deep blue The mural design focuses on the health and well being of all people who have healed and become well represented by a fantastic underwater scene of a school of multicolored fish moving upward in a spiral to the light at the surface of thedeep blue water. In the center is a spirited sailboat with a family witnessing this beautiful event. The sail on the boat reflects a sunset that one would see on the surface. To the right is a large sea kelp rising up with a dolphin coming up from behind it. At the bottom is a picnic table on the beach with food from different parts of the world offered to the observers of the underwater event. To the right of the beach is a pelican on the rocks with a message in his beak with the word “strength” in Chinese Mandarin. The word strength is also written on the school of fish in Spanish, English and Arabic. Included under the school of fish is a quote from Confucious “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but rising every time we fall”.
Mural Director: Max Marttila and Xavier Schmidt with the UYA program
Location: Royan Hotal, 405 Valencia St, SF CA
Description: Description: A vibrant colorful city is being lifted up through the brick rubble by two hands to represent our collective struggle to retain our urban community despite violence from ourselves, the police, racist mentalities and gentrification. A double headed dragon curls through the buildings until they emerge to face each other. The dragon is a symbol of energy and luck as well as a tribute towards asian and mayan cultures. This Mural was designed and painted by the Urban Youth Arts Class.