Last year, SFMTA teamed up with SF Beautiful to hold a contest. This wasn’t sports or anything. It was a competition in which the public voted for their favorite artist to have their work adorning Muni buses all over town. So rad.
The contest and campaign went so well, they’ve come back for another round.
Teens of SF (pictured above), Monica Tiulescu (606 votes)
Bit by Bit, Lillian Shanahan (446 votes)
(tie) Las Historias, Luis Pinto (443 votes)
(tie) City Walks, Counterpoint Studio (Peter Tonningsen and Lisa Levine) (443 votes)
(tie) Sight Seeing, Todd Kurnat (443 votes)
Here’s what SF Beautiful’s Darcy Brown had to say about the campaign:
“Every year the public vote is so exciting,” said Darcy Brown, Executive Director of San Francisco Beautiful. “This project is such an important addition to the San Francisco arts scene because it highlights five local artists and gets their work in front of, not only the thousands of people who participate in the vote but over 700,000 Muni riders every day for four months. What young artist doesn’t dream of an opportunity like that?”
SFMTA’s Ed Reiskin added:
“This project is a win-win for both the artists and the riding public who were engaged in the voting process from the very beginning,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation, Ed Reiskin. “These local artists can be proud to showcase their work across our city, which will add another round of engaging art to our Muni trips.”
“Totally smells like” isn’t always the, um, tastiest or most nose-positive Muni meme we’ve encountered in our travels, but we like being reminded of niceness to be had right in front of our noses. Like strawberries.
Tell us what your Muni smells like, won’t you? We’re @munidiaries on FB, Insta, and Twitter.
Here at Muni Diaries, we’re not too proud to admit our frequent weakness for dogs. Put your “muzzle your pet” trigger finger away, because here are nine pups who are way better than humans, ready to make your day, all from the Muni Diaries Instagram submission inbox.
Did you see this elegant harpist at the Montgomery Street station the other day? Another harpist, last seen here, was delighting his fellow commuters on the bus with his mini harp! We’re all for buskers, like this chamber music quartet, this cellist at the 16th Street BART station, and especially this musician with this very unusual instrument.