Juana Alicia Mural 24th and York

La Llorona (The Weeping Woman)

This is by far one of my favorite murals in San Francisco. What draws me to it are the colors, the artistry and extensive intricacy of the stories that are woven onto the side of the building. I also have been fortunate to have met the artist, Juana Alicia when she subbed for my painting class at Berkeley City College.

I could sit for hours and study this mural–albeit for the fact it is on the street and that I might become very sad. It is the story of women around the world, their struggle for sovereignty and the fight for earths resources, in this case: the rights for water.

What lifts and carries the women in the mural is the deity in the center. The story stretches from Bolivia to India and back again. It is named after the Mexican myth of the weeping woman, La Llorona.

People think of artists like Diego Rivera as a mural icon but we (in the Bay Area) have modern-day icons in our backyards. Read more about La Llorona at juanaalicia.com

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Map link: This mural can be found at 24th and York Streets, Mission District, San Francisco.

 

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