Moving Murals: Bedazzle a Tech Bus and Win $500

Photo by Tom Bell.

En Español.

Hey Missionites! We’ve got a project for you. And it involves a cash prize, so you’re gonna want to read on.

If you live or work in the Mission, you’re no stranger to the buses run by Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, and Genentech that pick up techies and scientists to schlep them down the 101 to and from work each day.

But here’s the problem. Those buses? They’re boh-ring. Don’t they look like big canvases just waiting to be painted on? We think they do.

So here’s where you come in, Mission Local readers. The neighborhood is full of techies, scientists and artists (and plenty who are all three). We’ve decided it’s time for those worlds to collide and create.

So we’re launching an unauthorized contest to decorate those anonymous, tinted shuttles and convince them all to turn the buses into moving murals.

Doesn't this bus just beg to be designed? Photo by Paul Sullivan

Doesn’t this bus just beg to be designed? Photo by Paul Sullivan

And here’s the part about the cash prize: Thanks to an anonymous donor, Mission Local is offering $500 to the winning proposal!

Deadline? Dec. 31 Submit your best sketches, ideas or anything you think will win to We’ll post ideas online as they come in.

Now get going! Make those buses beautiful…and make yourself $500 richer. We can’t wait to see your zany, inspiring creations.

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  1. ThatGuy

    Has this been approved by these tech companies and/or bus operators?

  2. This is a great idea on many levels! I can’t wait to see the design proposals. It’s a win even if the bus operators providing transportation to the tech companies don’t go for it.

  3. Monica

    ¿Can we sell tamales and empanadas inside those buses? We need some cash to be able to afford living in our own neighborhood

  4. Heather

    So is the prize money to assist in the fine they’ll get for vandalism?

  5. Emma

    Why the hell should we decorate them??? The problem is that they are HERE and what they contain and represent, not that they’re “boring”. This is really freaking stupid.

  6. Chris L

    $500?! R u serious? This is problem with u Tech people and how you think about art. You have no idea what it is worth at all. Tech people are about as creative and interesting as McDonalds. $500, wow. Yeah support the arts bro.

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