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Vibrant street art in San Francisco

/ 07:55 AM August 29, 2015
“TAXTHE RICH”—one of themore famous street art pieces

“TAXTHE RICH”—one of the more famous street art pieces. PHOTOS BY NICOLE GO THORP

In between San Francisco’s 17th and 18th streets, starting from Mission all the way to Valencia, is a small pathway known as Clarion Alley. Covered with artworks at every corner, this is more than just the typical street graffiti-strewn road.

Since 1992, the Clarion Alley Mural Project, or Camp, has flourished with street art that is as compelling as its graphic messages: political, inspirational, social, religious, and more.


The murals reflect distinctive moods as expressed by the artists who made them.

GRAFFITI done on the walls of a home along Clarion Alley PHOTOS BY NICOLE GO THORP

GRAFFITI done on the walls of a home along Clarion Alley.

Clarion Alley has become a famous spot in the Bay Area, a must-see for tourists—especially those who appreciate the vibrant colors of street art spread throughout garage doors, windows and building walls.


Every so often, new artworks are added or even replace previous ones, while some have remained for the past several years.

It’s amazing how innovative ideas can end up as picturesque,   long-lasting creations for people to enjoy at no cost—actually more than one can ask for.

WIDESPREAD mural art

WIDESPREAD mural art

So, if you happen to be near that area of San Francisco, make it a point to visit, feast your eyes on everything and take all the photos you want.

To discover more and keep up with the different events related to Camp, visit its Facebook page:

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