Stretching an entire block along 17th Street, the Bean Soup Literary Mural project is the Mission’s newest mural — the product of nine months of collaboration between Bay Area artists.

Sponsored by Precita Eyes Muralists and unveiled in December, the project brought together master muralist Susan Cervantes, poet and author Jorge Argueta and the Project Artaud artists’ community. The brightly-colored artwork along a wooden fence features themes of nature, gardening, food and personal expression through art, bringing a splash of natural beauty to the concrete-dominant block between Alabama and Florida Streets.

Through both realistic and abstract expressions, the mural seeks to highlight the sociocultural diversity and experiences of Bay Area residents. Images of workers tending fields of corn merge with redwood groves and meadows of butterflies and speckled mushrooms. Oxen painted in psychedelic tones plow fields with heirloom seeds, blending into a tapestry of acrobats, grocers and a unicyclist. In the center, a tree with limbs reaching lyrically outwards symbolizes the roots of the community that give way to individual expression.

The mural serves as a lovely example of the Mission’s rich legacy of murals continuing to thrive and expand throughout this changing district. Get out and take a look this weekend.

Follow Us

Heather Mack, 30, has spent most of her life outdoors and often hangs out in the less-frequented parks of San Francisco to avoid the crowds of places like Dolores Park on a Saturday. She believes that everyone is happier when they are outdoors, even if they don’t. At Mission Local, Heather wants to explore what healthy living in the Mission looks like for all socioeconomic classes.

Leave a comment

Please keep your comments short and civil. Do not leave multiple comments under multiple names on one article. We will zap comments that fail to adhere to these short and very easy-to-follow rules.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *