Shaping San Francisco is seeking support to enable a team of professional conservators to collaborate with Mona Caron to repair and greatly extend the lifespan of the time-damaged giant miniature painting known as the Market Street Railway Mural.
Following their recent building repair, the Yeramian family, who has owned the 15th and Church Street location for generations, are joining the effort to help the community enliven the well-known landmark. Shaping San Francisco community historians will refresh the histories and issues reflected in this painting by hosting a tour on Saturday, September 16th, and a public talk on Wednesday, November 29th, to showcase the repair process and to take a deeper look at the mural.
The Market Street Railway Mural located at 300 Church Street (at 15th) in San Francisco and painted by Mona Caron in 2003-2004, represents an intricate 180 degree bird’s eye view of Market Street. The mural is vertically divided into seven sections each representing a historically accurate moment in time, and the eighth section progresses whimsically into an imaginary future. The painting celebrates the wide range of uses that a vibrant urban space can and should accommodate, and it contains detailed references to local street art, activism, and various San Francisco subcultures, unique to the City.
We aim to refresh this time-traveling mural both physically and within community awareness, connecting a professional preservation effort with a series of accompanying public events hosted by the participatory community history project Shaping San Francisco, reflecting on the histories and imaginaries this transtemporal mural depicts.
The fast-paced changes in this City demand this type of both physical and conceptual intervention, and so does the rapidly decaying substrate of the mural, which only professionals can save. As we save this wall, we’ll also remember myriads of fugitive subcultures that thrived in this City up to the not-so-distant past.
In May 2017, we launched a fundraising effort to initiate this mural conservation project. We continue to seek funds to offset the percentage of volunteer time figured in by the conservators and Mona. Every little bit helps!
Your support will cover:
- The greatly reduced labor fees of 3 professional conservators working 3 to 6 weeks on the substrate
- Mona’s partial repainting
- Accompanying free and by donation public events
- Materials and supplies, and
- Administrative costs