Let’s Build from Here Mural

All photos by Tommy Lau

Reflecting the Bay Area’s kaleidoscope of perspectives, YBCA and technology company GitHub partnered on the occasion of their annual Universe event to commission a site-specific public artwork by Oakland-based artist and activist Innosanto Nagara around the theme “Let’s build from here”. The resulting large-scale mural highlights the power of collaborative future-building by featuring the phrase “let’s build from here,” in the four most commonly-spoken languages of San Francisco (Tagalog, Chinese, Spanish, and English) across YBCA’s exterior. Evoking the idea of shifting perspectives, the mural is designed to be interactive when viewed through a colored prism (available in YBCA’s East Gardens or Grand Lobby, and made by Tinsel Experiential design). The prism activates the mural by hiding or revealing different elements depending on the color lens through which the viewer looks.

Let’s Build from Here asks us to imagine a world which invests in community, infrastructure, and—most importantly—the human spirit necessary to build a more just and equitable future. In a moment that calls for radical levels of hope and repair, we invite people to connect to and be changed by one another’s perspectives—in collective pursuit of a better way forward.

More on the project here.