Coit Tower Mural Walk
With Peter O’Driscoll, Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith.
The Coit Tower murals are a must see for everyone. In the past few years there has been a growing community effort to defend the Coit tower murals from leaking water and to stop the plans for privatization of the site. This led to the critical renovation of the murals on their 80th anniversary. They were being painted during the time of the 1934 general strike in San Francisco. LaborFest will hold its annual guide tour of the murals with Peter O’Driscoll, Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith. At the time of their installation, an organized effort was made to destroy them for their leftist themes and the artists and their supporters had to physically defend the site. They were successfully defended and we have them today as our cherished heritage. The artists were working under the Civil Works Administration and Public Works Of Art program which was later extended to many buildings and sites throughout the US.
See also: http://graybrechin.net/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coit_Tower http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm