San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
1923 – 1996
This mural depicts the arrival of the San Carlos in San Francisco Bay while presenting at the same time the arrival of the military representative of Spain, Juan Bautista de Anza, and Father Jumipero (sic) Serra to symbolize the bringing of the Good News of the Christian Gospel to the natives of California. Father Serra holds in his hand a plan for the facade of Mission Dolores.
The sails of the ship tell the story of the coming of civilization to the area. Rey signifies the Spanish sponsorship of the colonization; Dios the spiritual element brought by the Franciscan Fathers; Pueblo the city of San Francisco that was to grow out of this expedition; and Muerte to indicated the gradual disappearance of the Native people of this area. The artist then asks himself, ¿Quien Sabe? What would have happened if civilization had not come; if the people who inhabited this land had been left to themselves? He leaves the answer to the imagination of
The green area surrounded by brown in the lower left of the mural represents the island of Alcatraz, and the pelicans symbolize the same island in San Francisco Bay.
We are grateful to the artist for placing this mural on extended loan to Mission Dolores since 1984.
Location. 37° 45.858′ N, 122° 25.621′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Dolores Street near 16th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 Dolores Street, San Francisco CA 94110, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La Misión San Francisco de Asís (here, next to this marker); Fray Francisco Palou, O.F.M. (within shouting distance of this marker); Misión San Francisco de Asís (within shouting distance of this marker); The Frank J. Portman Memorial Diorama (within shouting distance of this marker); El Camino Real (within shouting distance of this marker); Elixir (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Coast Miwok (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Original Mission Dolores Chapel and Dolores Lagoon / Rammaytush (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This mural is located in the courtyard between the Old Mission and the basilica.
Also see . . . Bill Granizo (Guillermo Wagner Granizo): An Autobiography in pictures. (Submitted on March 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Churches & Religion • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.