Home to the most concentrated collection of murals in San Francisco, every inch of wall space on this block of Balmy Alley has been covered in art.
The murals began in 1972 when two women who called themselves Mujeres Muralistas (the women muralists), painted the very first one. A few murals were added sporadically after that until 1984, when artist Ray Patlan brought three dozen mural activists together and proposed a joint project in which each garage door or fence segment facing the alley would display a mural. All of these murals were connected by dual theme: celebration of indigenous Central American cultures, and protest of U.S. intervention in Central America.
Since then the walls have been repainted consistently. See something new? Add your photos to the map!
Starting at 25th Street, our photos chronicle Balmy Alley heading north towards 24th Street