Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Bosque de los Alebrijes: 1301 Haight St. 

Wednesday, Mar 19 2014

Anchored by an image of Bob Marley, the mural on the outer wall of Central Haight Market & Liquor has been a fixture for years — a signal to pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists that they've entered a stretch of San Francisco that's commercial and liberal in outlook. Every so often, Marley gets a makeover — a new profile or a new accompanying quote — and sometimes, the rest of the mural undergoes a dramatic reworking.

So it was in 2012, when San Francisco artist Jet Martinez originated the piece he calls Bosque de Los Alebrijes, which features a forest of black-and-white leaves and three very colorful frogs. Alebrijes are Mexican wooden sculptures of fantastical creatures.

The artwork, which seems to change colors throughout the day, celebrates the creations that hail from Martinez's homeland. Under the noontime sun, the forest's metallic black textures become more prominent. The morning and early-evening light bring out the forest's striking silvery edges. Visitors in the 1960s would have called Bosque de Los Alebrijes "trippy."

Martinez, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute who has done more than 30 murals around San Francisco, many with a floral theme, says Bosque de Los Alebrijes was a nice break from his other street murals — but that "people don't necessarily recognize it as my work." The owner of a nearby Haight Street piercing studio paid him to do the mural, Martinez says, "to bring some attention to the neighborhood."

That it has done.

About The Author

Jonathan Curiel


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • 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.'"