The SOMA Slow Streets Ground Murals, commissioned by SOMCAN, are meant to celebrate the first slow streets in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco.
Three local artists, namely, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Kacy Jung and myself, are invited to create eight ground murals on Mabini, Bonifacio, Lapu-lapu, Rizal, and Tandang Sora Streets, which opened to the public on June of 2023. The murals also celebrate the majority Filipinx, Chinese, and Russian communities of this residential neighborhood.
I designed my two murals on Bonifacio Street with community participation in mind. Sorbetes alludes to my childhood memories of sorbetes (ice cream) carts, utilizing colors inspired by local flavors. Planting season begins, which is inspired by the Bangaan Rice Terraces of Banaue, Ifugao, pays homage to the land and rice cultivation. It is interpreted as an abstract landscape, exploring the changing colors and patterns of the rice ponds. The L-shaped pattern framing each mural represents banig weaving.