"Market Street Railway Mural"

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This mural was sponsored by SomArts and CounterPulse. It’s dedicated to Dave Pharr: “streetcar mechanic and preservationist.”

It quotes work by 20+ street artists, miniaturizing well-known works around San Francisco including Rigo’s “Innercity / Home.”

From the artist:
“The Market Street Railway mural shows a 180-degree bird’s eye view of San Francisco’s Market Street through time.
The view is divided vertically into sections corresponding to different decades, which show various moments in history from the 1920’s to the present, and into an imaginary future.

The painting celebrates the wide range of uses that a vibrant urban public space can and should accommodate, and it contains lots of detailed references to local street art, activism, and various subcultures.”

The different decades represent from left to right are
• 1925 – The Roar of the Four
• 1934 – Bloody Thursday
• 1930s – Labor Day Parade
• 1940s – Market Street
• 1980s – Gay Pride Parade
• 2000s (present day when the mural was painted) – Market Street
• the Future – a Utopian Fantasy

Location

300 Church Street

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