This mural is most likely a tribute to Isabel Allende and Pablo Neruda, both of whom made references to oranges in their work.
Allende wrote of a trip to northern Peru (in My Invented Country): “Thirst was unquenchable. We drank water by the gallon, sucked oranges, and had a hard time defending ourselves from the dust, which crept into every cranny.”
And Neruda actually wrote a poem entitled: Ode to the Orange
Above is a block party on Mission Street. Note the tourist with his camera watching the street artists at work and the folks dancing in the street. There is a fruteria in the middle of the block depicted in the scene and it has its own street art (below) however don’t ask me to interpret this one. I suspect they were selling more than fruit.
The one below could have been done by the same artist however it has a clear meaning. A woman giving birth to a baby and the ocean. That one could give me nightmares.
Below is a gallery of this and that. The first two murals are depictions of Frida Kahlo, who along with her husband, is a patron saint of muralists. The third I believe is a homage to rap stars although I only recognized a few of the names. Then there’s a group of people gathered around a picture of the Pope (and that’s all I dare speculate on that one.) Of course I had to take a picture of Max sailing out to join the Wild Things. It was one of my children’s favorite books.
The last one shows the Earth being held up by a couple of indigenous people while parrots hover. In the lower right is a city bus full of people which seems to have been converted into a space shuttle. In the upper left the eagle clutching a snake could have many interpretations. I can’t decide if the message of this mural is hopeful or worrisome. The hope of the world resting on the backs of a few people.
Next time, the plug is pulled.
16 thoughts on “The Mission, Part 4: The World is an Orange”
These are exquisite, like thise poems. Is this still San Francisco? Did you take them yourself?
Yup – San Francisco. I took the pics with my iPhone while trying to keep up with the family.
I’ve been doing the same these days in Belgrade, mixing the two. My son stands next to graffiti. I’m beginning to obsess with street art.
I am speachless the colour the contents are brilliant. Like you not keen on woman giving birth …scary 🥴😜💜
Not exactly an advertisement for giving birth!
I like oranges. I like these murals. The colors are spectacular. Great finds.
Yes, it was a mind-blowing experience! And for SF, that’s saying something.
Love the theme (orange)–and the vivid colors/images! 🙂
These are amazing works of art. Thanks for capturing them and explaining them.
Regardless of any changes in reality, San Francisco will always be the magical city of hope and spiritual tolerance that I was never able to reach. I loved seeing the murals, Jan. Thanks for sharing them with us. Hugs on the wing.
I like that there is message in these images.
Oh these are so wonderful! The woman giving birth is a bit too much though haha