Jovi Schnell had mentioned to me during our studio visit that she was to work on a public arts mural for the San Francisco Arts Commisision in the coming weeks. It's an initiative called, SOMA Alleyways Improvement Project, to do exactly what it says. I live in a kind of rugged area of SF so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out it's is only a block from me! I was able to take a bunch of pics of the process before, during and after. You can see more on the blog's flickr.
Here is a key to the imagery:
Gear-Flower-Sun: Located at the center of the plaza this shape essentially represents Industry, Growth & Energy, but one could also construe the likeness to a Sunflower whose symbolism has long been associated with adoration, longevity peace and optimism as they always turn to face the sun.
Cycling Arrow: Within the circumference of this Gear/Flower/Sun there is a recycling arrow that speaks to life’s cycles and forces.
Moon, Compass & Pointer Stars from The Great Bear Constellation: Nested within this center motif there is an image of a moon in a crescent phase and a compass arrow that correlates to the plaza’s northern direction with the letter N at it’s tip. The two stars that are mapped onto the arrow symbolize the “Pointer Stars”. These two stars are present in the constellation called “The Great Bear” a.k.a The Big Dipper and are often used as guides to locating the North Star.
If you are in SF here is a map to the mural.