Today, the last of the pictures I took while on a Mission Trail Mural walk down in San Francisco.
Who wouldn’t want to come home to these garage doors?
The murals in the Mission are an example of a community working together with artists to transform alleys into places where you want to hang out and not simply get through as fast as possible. They reflect the histories and passions of the residents and also provide an escape pod for the imagination. For example, if you look closely in the mural below (painted on a garage door and thus eligible for entry in Norm Frampton’s #ThursdayDoors event) you can see a figure in the pupil of the eye. If I had to guess I’d say it’s a soldier in a helmet.
Below the eye is a row of lashes perhaps inspired by Clockwork Orange?
This mural is one of my favorites. It promises that if you open the door you’ll find yourself in a magical world.
Below is a crowd favorite. People (particularly women) stood in front of this mural forever and would not move until they’d identified each face of “the women of the resistance.”
I didn’t even try. I was more interested in the figures hovering over them (all dressed in business suits). The message was, if you’re wearing a business suit you’re most likely either polluting the planet or a greedy warmonger.
If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco and/or have a particular interest in murals, check out the PrecitaEyes website. This group has been promoting street art since 1977. They even have a museum and a community center. To see other special doors from around the floor, check out Norm’s place.
32 thoughts on “The Eyes Have It”
I didn’t see the doors until I read what you wrote. These are kind of creepy… those eyes are so… big.
A single eye is the emblem of the Precita Eyes group. I think it stems from the late sixties belief that people with psychic abilities have a third eye.
Oh! These are the best yet 💜.
I thought so!
We were right 💜
I love that door. What a gorgeous idea.
Thank for for sharing. I really enjoyed this journey. Do tell us more about San Francisco. How about sth we saw in movies?
San Francisco has many diverse neighborhoods crammed into a relatively compact area. The things true from the movies is there are many steep hills and the fog is apt to roll in at any time meaning you need to take a coat with you even in August.
For real? How about expanding on it in a post? I’d really like to know more.
Truly amazing! 🙂
Great doors and murals, although I take exception to the characterization of anyone wearing a business suit. 🙂
Yes it’s a pretty board characterization but the neighborhood is heavily hispanic and fighting to remain affordable for the working class.
Oh, I miss San Francisco! Love these photos of the murals in the Mission District!
I was impressed!
These are awesome. Thanks for sharing them Jan 🙂
I love it when a community comes together to turn an eyesore into an highlight. Thanks for sharing these unusual doors.
I do too. Thanks for stopping by!
Great finds, Jan! I’m going to have to take a walk in the Mission, now. Haven’t been going to that side of town recently.
It’s an interesting neighborhood – definitely hoping to fight the gentrifying effects of the tech companies!
You Stated — “I didn’t even try. I was more interested in the figures hovering over them:
My Response — I almost missed it looking at the people below.
Many of the murals had sections that were easy to miss – little messages from the artist. Some not so subtle!
I love the shot of those garage doors with the foliage hanging down, Jan.
They were very whimsical garage doors. I liked them too.
Yes they are!
I love the murals and I appreciate your share. Never have cared too much for suits, myself.
The murals were a delightful outdoor museum and we did get beautiful weather. The fog began rolling in just as we were getting ready to leave!
I really enjoyed them, Jan.
At first I thought this would be about the controversial historical murals at the HS in SF. Would you dare venture an opinion? – as an artist.(There I’ve given you an idea for your next post!)
I haven’t seen the mural but from what I’ve heard it doesn’t promote slavery and so I don’t understand the controversy.
I so love these doors. Our street art festival was so bleak, I even don’t know if I want to share. May be some day in the future. Your garage doors are so colorful and attractive. What a great detail added to the beautiful city.