Enter SF’s Modern Majestic Gallery of Street Murals

Our city is one of the largest metropolitan galleries in the world. The city itself is a gallery—free to enter to boot. Just wander the streets in certain neighborhoods and you’ll see over 1,000 outdoor murals finely painted on walls, garage doors, sides of buildings. They’re big, bold, sometimes didactic and often striking in their execution. These are real pieces of art as evinced by the fact that there are indoor murals in SF done by very famous artists that are highly prized in the art world.

Most of SF’s street art is in the always colorful and storied Mission District. It includes two alleys that are head-to-toe wall art, often with political messages or odes to ordinary SF street life. These pieces are contemporary, part of our times.

North Beach boasts a good number of grand murals, across whole building sides, or tucked down in alleys along Columbus Street. A new mural was just unveiled in the Hayes Valley neighborhood by internationally famed mural artist Shepard Fairey.

From the restive 1920’s and 1930’s San Francisco mural art you have the indoor murals at Coit Tower and San Francisco Beach Chalet or 27 murals depicting the history of SF at Rincon Center. These come with helpful descriptions.

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