"Blooming on Fragrance Alley" Hang Ah Alley Mosaic Mural

Executive Director Rev. Norman Fong; Margarita Soyfertis, artist; Judy Kuang and Chinatown CDC youth in front of the Hang Ah Alley Mosaic Mural

San Francisco, CA (February 5, 2015) -- Chinatown CDC youth, artist and property owner collaborated in the last year in producing the newest and only tile mosaic mural “Blooming on Fragrance Alley” in Chinatown. The garden-flower theme referenced to the meaning of the alley’s Chinese name “Hang Ah” meaning “Fragrance”. Lead by artist Margarita Soyfertis, a dozen youth from Chinatown CDC’s Adopt An Alleyway Project and Youth for SRO explored the history and stories of the alleyway, finding concept, to the art making process, design composition and implementation.

The mosaic mural’s composition seeks to open up the tight alleyway space by providing a three-dimension perspective of the sceneries viewed through the artwork’s window and moon gate openings. Tagging has defaced many murals in Chinatown, youth’s decision in selecting and collaborating with tile muralist is an attempt to prevent graffiti and easy maintenance. This is the first time for many of these youth involving in art making.

Adopt An Alleyway was founded in the 1990s, empowering youth to take ownership in Chinatown alleyways and community and organizing SF high school youth in monthly alleyway cleanup and graffiti removal. Since 2008, youth has spearheaded its new "Public Art in Alley" series as a key component complementing the ongoing Chinatown Alleyway Master Plan and renovation. Artworks completed to date included mural in Wentworth and Jack Keroauc, and Keywords Studio at Ross and mural installation in Wentworth in partnership with Chinese Culture Center.

WHERE: Hang Ah Alley, on Clay between Stockton and Grant.

In the News:
Adopt An Alleyway Youth Empowerment photo album
Margarita Soyfertis, artist, Tesserae Mosaic Studio
US China Press Article
Funding provided by the Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG), The Kresge Foundation, and the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families.


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