Mission San Francisco de Asis is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco. Hidden behind the great altar in the old mission church is a mural painted by Indian Neophytes in 1791. Ben Wood and Eric Blind rediscovered and digitally documented the mural in 2004.
In 2011 their digital documentation was transformed into a physical public mural in the heart of the Mission District. In collaboration with muralists Jet Martinez, Bunnie Reiss & Ezra Eismont the 18th century mural was recreated just blocks away from the hidden original at Mission Dolores.
The mural is was permanent fixture on Bartlett Street for 5 years from 2011 until 2016 when it was demolished following a fire at the Mission Market Building at 85 Bartlett Street, which was near the corner of Bartlett and 22nd Street. It was a collaboration with the Mission Community Market (MCM) on Bartlett Street. MCM is a weekly, outdoor event that celebrates the neighborhood's diversity with fresh foods, local small businesses and youth activities.
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