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About the artist - Brian Barneclo

 Brian Barneclo is a San Francisco based artist.  He graduated with a fine art degree from Indiana University in 1995.  In San Francisco he got into sign painting and this went on to influence his unique style which blends a street sensibility with a art historical background. Barneclo's creative world extends from muralist to fine artist to designer. 

Systems Thinking

Systems thinking is the process of understanding how things influence one another within a whole.  Why is this relevant?  As the population grows and   resources and space decrease we will become increasingly aware of the interdependence we share with each other and with our environment.  When we look at, for example,  the global economy,  the internet, and our ecology we can see that it is indeed all connected.

Intersection for the Arts

Established in 1965, 'Intersection' is the oldest alternative non-profit art space in San Francisco.  Intersection produces and presents new and experimental work in the fields of literature, music, theater and the visual arts.  Intersection's artists regularly provide classes and workshops to the local community. Intersection also maintains an incubation program for emerging literary, visual and performing arts groups.


This project was made possible with donations from the Adobe Foundation, Docker's, Mission Bay Housing Partners, Kevin King and Meridee Moore, David Baker and others.  

Who commissioned this project?

In 2008 Brian Barneclo first noticed the huge red brown wall near 7th and Townsend Streets.  It needed to be painted and he needed to paint it.  Over the next three years he sought permissions and funding to make it possible.  So in a way, Barneclo commissioned himself.

How long did it take?

Barneclo with the help of R.B. Morris III spent fourteen days over the course of three weeks in August and September of 2011 to complete the painting.  The project was first conceived in the summer of 2008.  It took roughly three years to secure permits and funding to get the project rolling.