Koi fish erupting from the sidewalk! Â TheseÂ stencilsÂ can be found all over Valencia Street in San Francisco. Â I love the cat staking its prey with its orange fur mirroring an orangeÂ koi fish, possibly the cat’s next meal.
Stumbling across a stream of butterflies erupting from the sidewalk on Valencia street in San Francisco is a treat. The combination of the solid colored versesÂ colored outlines ofÂ butterfliesÂ is key in making itÂ balanced,Â livelyÂ but not overwhelming work ofÂ streetÂ art.Â Â ThisÂ stencilÂ can still be seen several places alongÂ Valencia although they are a bit faded now. Â I believe the artistÂ hasÂ moved ontoÂ stencilsÂ of fish but I could be wrong
This stencilÂ can still be seen on the street across from Dolores park in San Francisco. Â There are numerous version through about the Mission Districts. Â They first appeared about eight years ago and I have not seen a fresh version in a number of years. Â This photo is my best one of a fresh version- but I admit it is not a great shot.
Â I like thisÂ stencilÂ becauseÂ I think it is aÂ commentaryÂ on howÂ Society starts forcing â€œnormsâ€ on children at a very early age. Â I have a daughter and I am beginning to see how culture tries to limit the horizon’s of girls. This is something I have to fight daily. I have anotherÂ friendÂ who hates this stencil because, in his opinion itÂ sexualizesÂ children. One of the most frustrating things for me, while I was temporally an art major, was how the message of my art when more under theÂ controlÂ of its viewers then myself. Now I realize I should have just been happy anyone cared enough to have an opinion about my work.