Mission Dolores Mural: Revealing SF's historic hidden Mural
This 18th century mural has not been in public view for over 200 years! Painted by Ohlone Indians
under the supervision of Spanish missionaries, it is San Francisco’s oldest mural yet little is known about it. Ben Wood and Eric Blind rediscovered the mural in 2004 and have taken the only
extensive photography of the mural. Painting this unique mural tells an incredible story and would be a major attraction to the Mission Market in San Francisco's mission district.
This project will recreate a 22 by 5 ft section of the 18th century mural hidden since 1796 as a permanent mural and piece of public art. Repainting the mural in the same neighborhood as the mission church will, for the first time make this significant piece of Native, and California history available to the public, not far from where the hidden original exists.
Who will paint it?
The mural will be painted by three famed SF muralists, Jet Martinez, Ezra Eismont, and Bonnie Reiss. These three local muralists who live and work in the Mission District each bring unique, complementary styles and perspectives. The combination of the three will make the re- creation of the Mission Dolores mural a brilliant piece of public art and a long-term attraction to historians, artists, and community members alike.
Please help us to share this significant California treasure. Until now this project has been entirely voluntary and this funding will play a significant role in making the mural and its story accessible to the larger public.