I get a kick out of things that are really big — like those giant Hershey’s kisses or the 6-foot toothbrush that Whoopie Goldberg wielded in Jumpin’ Jack Flash. I think that’s one reason I like murals — their scale. But there are big murals, and then there are BIG murals. Check these out from my recent trips to San Francisco.
One Tree was painted by Rigo in 1996 at 10th and Bryant next to a freeway ramp in the South of Market area of San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Guardian named it the Best Public Art Project of the Year that year.
Rigo also painted Truth, a mural dedicated to Robert King Wilkerson. Wilkerson was a Black Panther who was exonerated in 2001 after being convicted of murder and held in solitary confinement for 29 years. Truth was painted at 7th and Market in the Civic Center area in 2002.
Not far away, at Golden Gate and Jones in the Tenderloin, I came across these oversized faces…
I don’t know who painted these pieces, but I love the whimsical pop art/comic book styles.
My favorite extra-large mural is another from Rigo — Birds/Cars (1997) at 16th and Bryant in the Mission. Very fun.