SF Beautiful Muni Art
Program 2022

The 2022 theme, “Streets of San Francisco” is the seventh year that the SFMTA, San Francisco Beautiful and The Poetry Society of America (sponsors of Poetry in Motion®) have collaborated to bring art and poetry to Muni commuters.

'Fort Point Lighthouse San Francisco', 2021: courtesy of the artist, SFMTA and SF Beautiful

Project Introduction: In partnership with San Francisco Beautiful, The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) supporting local artists and enhancing the transit experience for San Francisco's 700,000+ daily riders through their Muni Art program. 100 Muni buses are converted into rolling art galleries, reigniting a successful relationship between local art and local transit.

About The Artist: Originally from Thailand, I have been a proud resident of the Tenderloin for the past twelve years making art with and about my growing community in San Francisco. "My paintings are layered with a passion for architecture, inspired by building textures and city life".

For seven years I have been an artist, collaborator and educator with the historic non-profit Hospitality House in their Community Arts Program. CAP is a free art studio helping low income artists instill strength and self-empowerment through artistic expression in our neighborhood. "I have experienced migration and displacement, so my work as an artist conveys that desire for belonging and place".

Muni Art 2022 paintings

from What is Poetry? (top)

It is what exists between the lines.

A true poem can create a divine still-
ness in the world.
It is made with the stillness of dreams.

It is far, far cries upon the beach at nightfall.

It is a lighthouse moving its mega- phone over the sea.

-Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The Changing Light

The changing light at San Francisco
is none of your East Coast light
none of your
pearly light of Paris

The light of San Francisco
is a sea light
an island light

And the light of fog
blanketing the hills
drifting in at night
through the Golden Gate
to lie on the city at dawn

- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

'Changing Light', 2021: courtesy of the artist, SFMTA and SF Beautiful

Recipe for Happiness in Khabarovsk or Anyplace

One grand boulevard with trees
with one grand café in sun
with strong black coffee in very small cups

One not necessarily very beautiful
man or woman who loves you

One fine day

- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

'Nook Cafe, SF', 2021: courtesy of the artist, SFMTA and SF Beautiful

Populist Manifesto

'Russian Hill, 2021: courtesy of the artist, SFMTA and SF Beautiful

Poets, come out of your closets,
Open your windows, open your doors,
You have been holed up too long
In your closed worlds.

Come down, come down
from your Russian Hills and Telegraph Hills,
your Beacon Hills and your Chapel Hills,
your Mount Analogues and Montparnasses,
down from your foothills and mountains,
out of your tepees and domes.
The trees are still falling
and we’ll to the woods no more.

- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

At the Golden Gate

'At the Golden Gate, 2021: courtesy of the artist, SFMTA and SF Beautiful

At the Golden Gate

A single plover far at sea
wings across the horizon

A single rower almost out of sight
rows his skull into eternity

And I take a Buddha crystal in my hand
And begin becoming pure light

- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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'Polk Street Legends', 2021: courtesy of the artist, SFMTA and SF Beautiful

'Metropolis (edited for muni art, 2021: courtesy of the artist, SFMTA and SF Beautiful

San Francisco Buildings (edited for muni art, 2021: courtesy of the artist, SFMTA and SF Beautiful

INFORMATION

Text credit: Muni Art Program SFMTA