Some people call it a mural, others call it graffiti. The only thing the city of San Francisco is worried about is whether or not they approved it first and will give money to either side. Over the past 2 years, Bernal Heights has actively worked toward graffiti abatement or graffiti removal.
However, Bernal Height’s artists told me this week that the city has other ways they want to promote graffiti and not remove it. It was rumored that the San Francisco Arts Commission is waiving the $500 fee that is normally associated with businesses that want an artist place a mural on an outside wall.
So does Bernal Heights love or hate graffiti artists? Again, the issue is a matter of placement. The other issues deal with a longstanding battle that San Francisco has with the city of Philadelphia for being the number one city for murals. The stakes are high to keep the claim and neighborhood artists tell me that they are being sought after to paint the sides of buildings throughout Bernal Heights and San Francisco.
If you are an artist or a business owner that wants to get involved with murals, contact the SFArtsCommission.org and ask about new changes with murals in the city.