Treasure Island Community Mural Project

Welcome to the project page for the Treasure Island Community Mural Project!  You will find information here about the Community design and visioning workshop, the required San Francisco Arts Commission mural design review and approval process, and the painting of the Community Mural on the exterior wall of Treasure Island Gymnasium.  The Community Mural engagement, development, design and painting processes will be led by Precita Eyes Muralists, a San Francisco non-profit community based mural arts organization.  Click here to learn more about Precita Eyes Muralists.

The Treasure Island Community Mural will be painted on the north wall of Treasure Island Gymnasium, pictured below.

Image of TI Gym wall to be painted with Community Mural

Step 1: Community Mural Design and Planning Workshop

A Community Design and Planning Workshop was held on Saturday August 25th, 2018 providing a forum for the Island community to contribute ideas, designs, themes and sketches in a collaborative environment.  The output of this Workshop guides the ultimate Community Mural design.  Precita Eyes artists are now synthesizing the ideas, concepts and themes generated by the community during this Workshop into research and development of images and then the completion of a scale mural design in full color with a narrative description of the content of the mural images and story.  The full color mural design will then be presented back to the Island community at a Community Approval meeting on September 15th.

Step 2: Community Mural Approval Meeting - Saturday, September 15th

On September 15th, 2018 Precita Eyes will host a Community Mural Approval Meeting where they will present the final design of the Community Mural for Island community's awareness and approval.  All Island Community members are encouraged to attend.

  • What: Community Mural Approval Meeting
  • Where: ShipShape Community Center, 850 Avenue I
  • When: Saturday September 15th, 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • Notes: All community members ages 7 and up are welcome.  No RSVP or pre-registration required. 

Step 3: San Francisco Arts Commission Mural Review and Approval Process

The Treasure Island Community Mural will fall under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Arts Commission and the final design generated by the Community Workshop process must then be reviewed and approved by the San Francisco Arts Commission prior to its being painted on Treasure Island Gym.  TIDA and Precita Eyes will facilitate the Arts Commission design review process, which can take upwards of 1 to 2 months to complete. 

Check back in this space in Fall 2018 for updated information on the Mural Review and Approval Process!

Click here for information on the San Francisco Arts Commission's Mural Design Approval process.

Step 4: Community Mural Painting at Treasure Island Gym

If and when the mural design ultimately secures San Francisco Arts Commission design approval, the Treasure Island Community Mural will be ready to be painted!  Precita Eyes muralists will then lead members of the Island community in the painting of the mural over a series of weekend days in either the Winter of 2018-19 or the early Spring of 2019.  Weather will be a factor in the scheduling of the Mural Painting.  Community members who were unable to participate in the August 25th Workshop will still be welcome to join in the mural painting activities!

Check back in this space in Winter of 2018 for updated information on the Mural Patining Process!

Treasure Island's History with Murals:

Two prominent examples of the Island's history with murals are Miguel Covarrubias' Pageant of the Pacific mural set and Diego Rivera's epic mural The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on this Continent now commonly referred to as his Pan American Unity mural. 

Diego Rivera and the Pan American Unity mural:

Diego Rivera (1886 - 1957) is internationally acknowledged as one of the 20th century's most important muralists and influential artists.  Rivera's style is a unique synthesis of European painting, socialist ideals, and the cultural riches of pre-Columbian indigenous Mexico.  Rivera painted his Pan American Unity mural in Treasure Island's Hangar 3 (then referred to as the Hall of Decorative Arts), as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE)'s "Art in Action" program, an innovative exhibit where fairgoers could watch artists create their work during the GGIE's 1940 season. 

The mural includes three self-portraits and a portrait on his wife, artist Frida Kahlo.  It is a unique combination of an artist in his prime and a critical moment in world history brought together on a monumental scale, and arguably the most important work of art created in the Bay Area.  In 1961 the mural was installed in the lobby of the new campus theater at City College of San Francisco's Ocean Campus and is still on display.

Click here for more information on the mural and it's installation at City College of San Francisco, including public visiting hours.

Miguel Covarrubias and the Pageant of the Pacific mural set:

The Pageant of the Pacific mural set was painted by Mexican muralist Miguel Covarrubias for the GGIE as well. Covarrubias (1904 -1957) was an internationally renowned Mexican painter, caricaturist, art historian, ethnologist and illustrator highly influential in America, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s. Covarrubias was invited to create six large maps for the Expositions’ Pacific House, considered “a center where the social, cultural, and scientific interests of the countries in the Pacific Area could be shown to a large audience”. Covarrubias, with his assistant Antonio Ruiz, painted six murals with the themes “Peoples”, “Fauna and Flora”, “Art and Culture”, “Economy”, “Native Dwellings” and “Native Means of Transportation”.

Immensely popular at the Exposition, the murals were later exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and subsequently installed at the World Trade Club in San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Sometime between the end of the Exposition and the installation at the Ferry Building, the “Art and Culture” mural was separated from the set and remains missing today.  In 2001 ownership of the mural set was transferred to the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) upon the murals removal from the Ferry Building. In 2004 the Charles D. and Frances K. Field Fund supported the conservation and subsequent display of the murals throughout Mexico from 2004 to 2008 in partnership with the Government of Mexico, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) and TIDA. The conservation work required to preserve the murals was performed in Mexico and accomplished through a collaboration between FAMSF and Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) and Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA).

Since the completion of the exhibitions in Mexico in 2008, the murals have been included in temporary exhibitions at the National Building Museum in Washington DC (2010-2011), San Jose (CA) City Hall (2010-2011), the California African American Museum in Los Angeles (2011-2012), and the deYoung Museum in San Francisco (2008 - 2018).  Planning is ongoing towards identifying appropriate on-Island spaces for the long-term exhibition of the murals; with an intent for the murals to act as a component of the both historic and fine arts programming envisioned within the Treasure Island Development Project.