I was curious about the ABC 7 news crew from one of our local San Francisco stations staked out on my corner most of the day. Turns out they were doing a story on the debate over graffiti vs. street art.

Street art!

In the news!

On my corner!

I’ve posted on here before about the gorgeous community street art mural serendipitously commissioned just steps from my house last October. Considering my (obvious) well-documented obsession with street art, I feel very lucky that I can’t help but walk out of my door and be bombarded by creativity & inspiration each day. Not a bad way to start the day. I don’t even mind that “my” sidewalk is now clogged with tourists snapping pictures. Which is crazy, because I normally hate crowds and people. Those little koi fish are turning me into a softy.

Check out the full article here.

San Francisco’s Lower Haight is one of the city’s most colorful, vibrant neighborhoods and street art adds to that distinction. But now there’s a lively discussion. Is it vandalism? When is graffiti art and when is art graffiti? A series of koi fish are a symbol of the debate.

"Some people don’t want the koi in front of their house or in front of their business," neighborhood activist Thea Selby said.

Selby helped create one mural in the Lower Haight. On the sidewalk below swims a school of koi which she finds problematic

"I’ve seen where the koi go down and graffiti goes on top of it and that could in some ways exacerbate graffiti and tagging," Selby said.

San Francisco’s Lower Haight Mural

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My love of street art is well documented (obvs), so you could imagine my squealing schoolgirl excitement when I learned that a massive community mural had been commissioned in my very own neighborhood, mere steps from my front door. The Lower Haight Mural Collective, a group of local artists, galleries, merchants, sponsors, and residents organized the project to “emphasize the Lower Haight’s identity as an artistic hub and [to] welcome visitors to the neighborhood as they come up Haight Street from the east.

 About a dozen artists, many of whom live in the neighborhood, were selected to each design 10-foot sections of the mural. They include:

  • Doze Green, a New York-based artist whose work you may have already seen on the Steiner side of Lower Haters Gallery
  • Mars Martinez, an artist who lives on the 400 block of Haight
  • Sonya Genel, whose work was recently featured at Revolver
  • Romanowski, a local artist who painted the mural outside the Vapor Room
  • David Choong Lee, author of several art books and teacher at the Academy of Art University
  • Jeremy Fish, whose work has been shown around the world, as well as right here in SF at Fecal Face and FIFTY24SF
  • Liane C. Miller
  • Erica Il Cane, an Italian artist whose work can currently be seen at Fifty24SF
  • Jeremy Novy, friend of Sidewalk Surprises and ubiquitous San Francisco street artist.

*swoon* *swoon* *swoon*

Check out photos of the mural in progress:

And recent shots of the completed artwork: