SF Bay Guardians

public art
digital murals
SFAC/SFPUC commission

In this project, the marine animals that live in San Francisco’s waters gently remind passersby that dumping toxic items into the city’s storm drains directly affects their well-being. (The project title references a once much-loved, now extinct, local paper.)

6 digital murals have been installed by storm drains in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco for approximately one year. Each mural depicts a different local animal protecting its storm drain while also staring pointedly at passersby, as if to impress upon them their own responsibility to protect these waters, as well.

SF Bay Guardians is the pilot project of the Storm Drain Mural Program, a collaboration between the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC).