SoMa Wine Bar 'Tank 18' Gets New Mural

The Dore Street-facing wall of wine bar Tank 18 (1345 Howard St.) in SoMa is newly festooned with a bright mural consisting of doodles and messages that invites viewers to step back and focus on the big picture.

“The theme of the mural is interconnectedness of all things: life, existence, space, and time,” artist Elliott C Nathan told us.

The hustle and bustle of everyday life distracts people from appreciating the meaningful relationships and creativity that interactions can inspire, he said. 

Elliott C Nathan said the work represents the interconnectivity of all things.

Nathan said Tank 18 approached him to paint a mural on the wall, which spans 160 feet long and 25 feet tall. 

“I love painting bright, colorful things and let it come out in a natural flow rather than a planned out design,” he said.

Started a big one today

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“In this piece, I tried to incorporate representations of all the things of life, and positive messages that I often doodle as notes to myself,” Nathan added.

Positive messages are interspersed among the mural's bright shapes.

To reach the whole wall, Nathan had to rent a scissor lift and spent about a week and a half of working nearly non-stop to complete the painting.

He didn't have any assistance, but “the staff of Tank 18 were kind enough to walk with me as I drove the scissor lift down Folsom Street from the rental place in rush-hour traffic,” he said. 

Done w the scissor lift today! Hoping to finish this mural on Dore Alley tonight... we'll see

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Nathan’s next big project is designing and building Juanita More’s stage for the Love Boat Halloween event at Pier 70. You can see more of his work at elliottcnathan.com

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