Art in the Mission District
An insight into my favourite murals in the Mission
I was very lucky that my boyfriend Ed lived in San Francisco for 3 months at the end of last year—when I visited I had my own personal tour guide! He fell in love with the Mission District and since my visit in December I completely understand why.
The Mission, where shall I begin? The smells, the colours, the sense of community, and Latino culture fill your senses as soon as you step out of the door. Our Airbnb was a stunning Victorian style apartment hosted by an interior designer, situated right in the heart of the Neighbourhood. Around every corner we found bold street art, depicting history and socio-political statements. My favourite piece can be found a stone’s throw away from the Tartine Manufactory and tells the story of child dreamers and big thinkers. I also loved the old school feel of the Mission. There are fruit and vegetable stands on every corner, old school laundrettes and cinemas. You feel like you’ve been transported to a different time and place.
Right next to our apartment on York St. was the mural shown at the top of this article - La Llorona’s Sacred Waters. The story behind it is powerful. The artist Juana Alicia highlights environmental struggles involving women in stories surrounding the central piece. The main tale depicts the classic Mexican myth of a woman who allegedly drowned her children and is damned to weep for them. The mural is painted in stunning blue and spans the side of a taqueria—you can’t miss it. There is a strong sense of history and cultural understanding throughout the area and the many murals around the district portray this beautifully. If you visit this incredible city, take the time to explore the Mission. You’ll be greeted by friendly locals and a plethora of sights to see. I can’t wait to go back.