Urban Nature

The latest collective art project of the Meridian Interns was their 32’ long Urban Nature mural that hangs opposite the SF Visitor’s Information Center at Hallidae Plaza, at Market and Powell.

On August 25th 2000, Supervisor Mark Leno dedicated the mural and awarded the interns with a Proclamation from the Mayor.

This mural with its actual and imaginary visions of San Francisco is from the standpoint of sixteen inner-city youths. Starting in June, the interns researched and sketched a variety of places in and around San Francisco including many urban parks, vista points and the zoo. They also explored the murals of the Mission District, Coit Tower and the Diego Rivera murals at the San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Stock Exchange in order to create this strange and wondrous landscape.

The mural, which is located at the plaza level at the Powell Street BART across from the Visitor’s Information Center, welcomes people of all ages and ethnicities to San Francisco.

The Interns who created the mural:

Natishia Cook
Michael Hodzic
Wendy Hu
Olivia Knight
Jade Liu
Cindy Mo
Marvin Norman
Edward Parry
Nalawi Poe
Jason Ponce
Jimi Sky
William Standard
Mathew Stark
Jenny Tran
Marina Perez-Wong
Mei Mei Yu

Artist Instructors:

Amy Berk
Fred Hayes
Diana Mars
Cynthia Rojas
Meagan Shapiro

Photo and text provided by The Meridian Gallery, San Francisco.