Items on eBay

Saturday, June 2, 2012

San Francisco's Mosaic Street Art: Fell ST x Pierce ST

9/12/17 ETA - TRIGGER WARNING PLEASE READ: When a reader contacted me privately and asked that I include a "trigger warning" that this post contains references and a link to a news article about pedophilia I didn't hesitate to honor their request. I do understand and appreciate how traumatic events can translate into an experience of personal pain when one sees a reminder of a similar situation and hope this warning will help others to decide if they want to continue reading this post or not.


A few days ago I was up in SF and spotted a stunning mosaic mural running along the north side of Fell Street between Pierce and Steiner. I was thankful for A)The red light, and B) That I was the passenger in the car and not the driver so I could take some quick pictures while we parked at the intersection.

Online sleuthing brought good and bad news.

The good news is the piece was part of an art project made in 2009, in part, funded by a San Francisco's Community Challenge Grant to help students beautify their neighborhood and express their creativity. The mosaic is 200 feet long. This is just one section of it. It was designed and produced by the students at Ida B. Wells High School along with the founder of a local art non-profit.

Over the course of a decade the artist had produced over 80 murals and mosaics around the Bay Area.

The bad news? According to this CBS news article, the artist who ran the non-profit was arrested two years later in 2011. He was fined and sentenced earlier this year to 6 years in prison and 5 years probation for possessing an extensive collection of child pornography on his computer. A charge he plead guilty to.

With this knowledge my knee jerk reaction was what does this art symbolize now? The celebration of creativity by the children who helped to design and make the murals? Or does the sordid story, arrest and imprisonment of someone who worked closely with the children while harboring inappropriate thoughts about them take away too much from the work itself?

Some of the tiles were made by the students and include images of women they admire. If you look closely you'll see them tucked into the background of the mural. Because of this, ultimately, I think the creativity of the students shines through because light overcomes darkness and the piece is so beautiful you can't help but to feel awed by it when you stand in front of it and take in the scope of what the students accomplished.

To view the entire mosaic online or in person you can use the Maps.Google links below.

0 Click Here to Comment:

Post a Comment

YAY! No Registration Needed to Leave a Comment :)

Just look for the orange "Comment" link after the time stamp at the foot of each post and click on it, or click on the post title and the comment box will appear on the page at the base of the post when it reopens.

Comments that are Spam off topic, contain profanity, lewdness, promote violence, hate speech or any form of discrimination will either be modified or will not be posted. Click Here for a detailed list of this blog's policies.

You are welcome to make a link of your name using the Name/URL option to guide readers to your website.

Please do NOT post a string of keywords as your name. Comments received in this fashion will either not be published or the link will be removed. The Flirty Blog reserves the right to modify, delete or decline to publish comments that are considered to be off topic or SPAM.