This week, two artists painted a new, large mural on the Steiner side of 597 Haight Street.
Barcelona-based artist Miss Van and Brazilian Ciro Schu created the piece. It was requested by Manny Alferez of and Wild Feather and Black Pancake Records, the current and former occupants of 597 Haight. Manny tells us that he had been wanting a new piece for the wall for over a year, but was only recently forced into action. For the past two and a half years, the wall has featured a mural by several artists including Mike Giant and Skinner. But in recent weeks, taggers defaced the wall with graffiti. The building's landlord threatened to paint over the entire mural if Manny didn't come up with a solution. Luckily, Tova Lobatz of the Tenderloin's White Walls gallery came to the rescue. She knew that Miss Van and her friend Ciro Schu would be in town this week, and invited them to create a new work for the wall. So on Tuesday night, Manny and Tova spent the evening painting over the existing mural, and on Wednesday and Thursday, Miss Van and Ciro painted the new one.
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