Appreciating Mission Murals in Balmy Alley in San Francisco

balmyalley2If the colorful Mission District is the epicenter of murals in San Francisco, then Balmy Alley is the concentrated core of that epicenter. Painted on concrete walls, garage doors, and wood fences, the murals of Balmy Alley will inspire and educate. One beautifully haunting mural called “Un pasado que aun vive” (A past that still lives) depicts El Salvador, including scenes of a flowing river of blood and a woman holding a child and reading a letter from her distant husband. Another mural takes on local gentrification—a recurrent issue in the Mission District—depicting condos as a giant Transformer-like machine stomping through the neighborhood. And just to throw a random flavor into the cultural mix, the last mural on the left is a depiction of Manjushri, a Buddhist figure representing wisdom, dedicated to the Dalai Lama.

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~ by Ryan Van Lenning on July 30, 2009.

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