Mural artist Mona Caron is a San Francisco-based artist,
and here is the artwork she does in the streets.
When you look at this utility box from a specific position, its perspective lines will match those of its surroundings, providing a glimpse into an alternative reality. Behind the box, you see the intersection of Church Street and Duboce Avenue in San Francisco, including her own Duboce Bikeway Mural to the left.
“Less than a year after I painted it, this piece was removed by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (the same entity who commissioned the work) and replaced with a normal grey box, because the electric circuitry inside it broke and its replacement had a different shape.
The Market Street Railway mural shows a 180-degree bird’s eye view of San Francisco’s Market Street through time.
The view is divided vertically into sections corresponding to different decades, which show various moments in history from the 1920’s to the present, and into an imaginary future.
The painting celebrates the wide range of uses that a vibrant urban public space can and should accommodate, and it contains lots of detailed references to local street art, activism, and various SF subcultures.