Clarion Alley Mural Project (San Francisco)

Balmy Alley Mural

For those visiting the City by the Bay, a crucial launching point for understanding San Francisco Mural culture is one of my personal favorite places in all of San Francisco known as Clarion Alley.

Clarion is a living, breathing cross-section of San Francisco Mural culture. Wall-to-wall mural paintings line the ever-changing walk situated in the heart of the Mission district between Mission Street and Valencia. Tourists taking photos & Muralists working on their latest projects are common sights.

Mural of a young African American man

The magic here is that the Alley is both constant and always changing. There are Mural Pieces here that have remained constant and relatively unvandalized here for years, such as tributes to local mural legends. These mainstays aside, the majority of the artist’s pieces here are constantly evolving and ultimately being painted over.

Colorful Mural in Clarion Alley
 Mural of a three eyed woman

When friends visit from out of town I like to introduce them to the rich San Francisco Mural culture which starts with Clarion Alley at top of the list as our launching point.

Elegant and colorful San Francisco Mural
Mural depicting community alliance for healthy and safety
San Francisco Mural Clarion Alley view

Clarion Alley itself was created in 1992. The walls have hosted over 700 murals in that timespan, supporting over 500 artists. The alley receives over 200,000 visitors annually.

Heart Mural of "we're all in this together"

Per the Clarion Alley Mural Project website the mission of the project is to both support and produce socially engaging and aesthetically innovative public art as a grassroots community-based endeavor.

San Francisco Mural dedicated to longtime activist and painter
Young woman poses with San Francisco Mural
Affordable Housing San Francisco Mural
Stop Corporatocracy Mural

Next time you’re in San Francisco check out Clarion Alley, and grab pupusas at Panchita’s off 16th Street while you’re there.

My next San Francisco post will be a brief break down of the San Francisco Mission District.


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