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Salud!



Zebras in progress view. Oils on concrete. 1985


"Salud!", 1997, Nova acrylics on primed concrete, 98 feet high by 50 feet wide. Portraits of sixteen of the residents of the Bethany Senior Center painted on the exterior wall at 21st and Capp Streets in the heart of the Mission District San Francisco, California. The central wall features the name "Bethany" in neon lights as an o'mage to the Mission Districts many old theater marquees from the early 20th Century. In the background is the shadow of the old "grace church" that once stood on the site. In the center, at the bottom of the mural, one of the residents of Bethany sits in a ticket booth waiting to sell passerbys a ticket, an invitation to come in and get to know the real lives and diverse activities of the seniors and residents.

The mural was commissioned by the City of San Francisco's Office of Community Development Block Grant Program.

Sponsored by numerous community donations including the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Koret Foundation, S.F. United Methodist Mission, Richard and Lynn Tremelling, Sanwa Bank and Bank of America. Numerous individual donations were made in order to help complete this project. (Special thanks to Isabelle Graser for painting assistance). Part of the Mission Merchants Association 21st St. murals project see http://www.sfmission.com/21murals/

Commission price $60,000 (in-kind donations included).

Painting timeline: Seven months. Additional thanks to Bethany staff and administration including Jerry Brown, Lola Fraknoi and Mr. Fitzsimmons. The Mural Resource Center of San Francisco acted as the fiscal agent on this project, much thanks to Betsie Miller-Kusz.

The 21st Street Mural Project

Last Updated: June 02, 2003

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