The Tenderloin has a rich culture of street art and mural painting, with some of the most provocative and outspoken artwork on display anywhere in the city. Murals help establish a sense of identity and belonging in the neighborhood; it also gives individuals a very public medium to express themselves and share their experience of being a resident of the Tenderloin.
The CBD has been an avid sponsor of mural artists, assisting them to find space to paint and compensating them for their time and talent. Three such neighborhood murals have already been commissioned by the CBD and completed by the artists: (picture next to each item)
- Golden Gate/Jones mural – “Windows Into the Tenderloin “ by Mona Caron, which tells the past, present and utopic future of the Tenderloin district
- Golden Gate between Jones and Taylor mural – “FearHead” by artists from the 1:AM Gallery and installed during the CBD’s public art installation festival “Wonderland” curated by Lance Fung. The mural depicts a three-headed monster which feeds on fearful emotions in the neighborhood.
- Golden Gate/Hyde mural – “Humming with Life” by Johanna Poethig, a blossoming musical garden with hummingbirds, this mural adorns the post office facility at 101 Hyde Street.