Climate activists paint two-block-long mural on Montgomery Street

“We offer the labyrinth as a tool for climate resiliency and courage,” said the artist

By Brock Keeling @BrockKeeling  Sep 26, 2019 (sf.curbed.com)

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On Wednesday, climate activists closed down several blocks along Montgomery Street in the Financial District, demanding, in part, that banks divest from the fossil fuel industry.

In an effort to draw attention to their message, said activists also painted a mural directly on a two-block-long stretch of pavement. The results, as seen from above, are stunning—a long mural of orange paint, white patterns, and circles bearing climate-related slogans.

Artist Meg Duff coordinated the massive painting. She said of the work: “This labyrinth mural is organized by people from faith and spiritual communities around the Bay. The labyrinth is an ancient symbol found across cultures. Walking a labyrinth is a spiritual practice and form of meditation. You may walk with a question or concern in mind or simply notice your body as you walk. You may choose to temporarily lay down a struggle as you enter, and you are invited to share a prayer or blessing in the center. In confronting climate change we also confront our fear, sadness, anger, and joy. We offer the labyrinth as a tool for climate resiliency and courage.”

According to SFGate, the mural features 14 separate designs in total. The work represents “a part of the vision we have for an immediate transition to the resilient, sustainable, and safe world necessary for survival,” notes the Strike for Climate Justice Day of Action Facebook page.

Demonstrations began in the morning and lasted until early evening. Several arrests were made.

The mural has since been cleaned off Montgomery Street.

Block-long mural on pavement as seen from an office building on street.
Mural painted by climate activists are seen from an office building on Montgomery Street.
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