Thursday, September 13, 2012

Beautifying the City

I was on my way home after doing some errands at Church & Market here in San Francisco and as I was waiting for the N-Judah, I noticed several of the utility boxes had been painted and were now covered with beautiful flowers. I glanced over and saw a guy talking to a woman who was standing at a utility box painting it. It took me a few minutes to get that the woman was the one who painted the other boxes. I decided to head over and get a better look at the box. Here, I met Mona Caron. Whatever she was painting looked interesting, but I didn't really get it. So she told me to stand at the left side corner, facing Out of the Closet looking towards Safeway. Below is what I saw:

Cool, huh? She in fact painted the mural you'll find behind Safeway. And I don't know how many times I've seen that mural wondering who the heck painted it, and here I was talking to the artist herself! Mona's a super sweet woman.

A man was walking by who stopped to look at what she was doing and just had to take a pic. Then another man was walking by who lives in the neighborhood saying how much he appreciates her work because she's beautified his home. How nice, huh?

She's painted other murals all over San Francisco, including a mural in the Tenderloin, Dolores Heights, Noe Valley and the Mission. She also has work in other countries such as Boliva and Switzerland. I must say it's a beautiful thing to see a blank space being transformed, however big or small it maybe. And I also realized that she, like many artists, is sharing her work with the world and leaving her mark for thousands and thousands of people to see and enjoy as they go about their lives. Whether they're heading to the store, meeting up with friends, whatever it maybe. It's work that everyone of any walk of life can enjoy and appreciate. Thanks Mona for beautifying San Francisco with your beautiful art! You can find her website here and go like her Facebook page!


  1. How wonderful! That box is such fun! And even better to meet the artist herself.

    1. I know, I've never seen anyone make a box look that cool. It's a little optical illusion that makes you think twice when walking by. :)