Several murals in the iconic Clarion Alley in San Francisco's Mission district were vandalized over the past few weeks. The Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) posted about the vandalism on its Facebook page Sunday morning.
According to Megan Wilson, CAMP's board president and co-director, two of the incidents targeted murals supporting the Palestinian cause, while the most recent vandalism, which Wilson said occurred in the last 48 hours, featured "Make America Great Again" imagery. Overall, Wilson said, about 10 of the 100 or so murals currently in the alley were defaced.
"It feels like a hate crime," said Wilson, who was out repairing her own vandalized mural Sunday. She said she had already planned to be in the alley to attend the dedication of three murals made in support of Palestinian that was scheduled for later in the day, which she believed may have motivated the most recent acts of vandalism.
The mural project is the work of a collective of artists that has produced more than 700 usually social justice-themed murals in the Mission district alley between 17th and 18th and Mission and Valencia streets since 1992.
Wilson said vandalism in the alley isn't common but that the murals have occasionally been defaced over the project's 26-year history. She said anytime it happens, members of the CAMP community show up to support the project and begin the repair process.