The graffiti artist who goes only by the name BiP (which stands for Believe in People) was at work this week on a new "megamural" on the side of a new building at Franklin and Market.
It's somewhat of a homecoming for BiP, who has gained international attention and gotten plenty of commissions over the last two years. His website documents the dozens of pieces he's done in that time in Russia, Spain, Peru, Brazil, Columbia, and elsewhere. As his manager Atto tells Hoodline, he's co-financing the new SF mural himself, because he's now in a financial position to be able to do so. And, BiP says he wants to "use [his] earnings to finance public projects that don’t usually happen without corporate branding."
This latest mural won't be visible forever, as another new building is expected to go up in the vacant lot next door within a year — which is why this side of the building he's painting on is just a monumental wall. But, BiP writes on Instagram, " i don't need it to last forever. i just want to hit you with something really ground-breaking for the time it can exist. "
The piece shows a child's face laid over some text that says, "What is public art, and does it really [belong to the public?]? If not, can we steal it back?"
BiP's last piece in SF was the monumental "Figurine" (two golden brains on the side of the Alise Hotel in the Tenderloin, facing the patio at Jones. It was completed in July 2017. Prior to that, he completed the mural below at Fourth and Mission, titled "No Ceiling," an image of which he uses for the landing page of his website.
Previously he painted this piece in downtown Oakland, showing an elated elderly woman holding a heavy metal record:
Including another mural in the Tenderloin titled "Self-Consuming Dave," this latest is BiP's fourth work in SF, and fifth in the Bay Area.
He refers to SF on Instagram as "being in my own city."
Speaking of Instagram, he recently did this mural depicting Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" as an Instagram model, in Barcelona:
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