Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

All You See Is Beauty: 4801 Third St. 

Wednesday, Jul 9 2014
Comments

The Bayview is rich in street art that's political, historical, and altogether radical. And then there's Shawn Bullen's All You See Is Beauty, a frolicking work that went up in November at the corner of Oakdale Avenue and Third Street, one of the Bayview's busiest intersections. In Bullen's painting, a giant bird emerges from a house, while two people sit on a roof and watch a passenger train emerging from the structure's other side. Other people and animals crowd into a scene that's drawn in the playful style of a graphic novel.

Bullen, 25, briefly lived in the Bayview, and was commissioned to do the work by SF Art Everywhere, a project that seeks to beautify the area. All You See Is Beauty references the Bayview in subtle but important ways. The bird is emblematic of the hummingbirds and blue jays that live in this corridor of southeast San Francisco. The work is peopled by faces that cover the gamut of the human condition.

"It's a collage of different ideas, with a glimpse of experiences that I had in the neighborhood," says Bullen. "I was trying to capture anywhere from one idea to a bit of a story in one sequence of images. It's like a comic strip."

And in the strip's center is the word that Bullen chose to anchor his creation: "Beauty." It's done in stylish cursive, with the letter "y" connecting to a giant eye that looks at passersby and anyone who stops to see All You See Is Beauty. Every day, thousands of people pass by the work, whether they're riding by on Muni or walking down Third Street.

Those who stop to see the art's finer details will notice Bullen's tag: Stikyidc. "It's just a name for my artistic identity, in order not to use my original name," says Bullen, who's from Chicago and moved to the Bay Area last year. Bullen's work in the Bayview has helped kickstart his artistic emergence in San Francisco — he says he's about to do four new projects around the city. JC

About The Author

Jonathan Curiel

Comments


Comments are closed.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"