Serge Gay Jr. came together with the community at the dedication to speak about what the mural means to him after painting for 10 days. “I wanted to make sure it represents my style, Mr. S, and the Leather District as well.” The process of planning “Mr. P” took three years, and the dedication commended the efforts of everyone involved in planning it while encouraging the public to enjoy the new display of public art in their neighborhood.
From people passing by on the street who came to admire the new mural to public officials, “Mr. P” attracted many community members to appreciate the new display of our local culture at the dedication. “This community is putting our imprint on South of Market.” Said Senator Scott Wiener.
“Mr. P” celebrates the Leather and LGBTQ communities in SOMA with symbols that represent them, such as the pup mask that Mr. S is renowned for. “I like to create a story using my subject matter in their environment,” said Gay Jr.
“Mr. S is at the forefront of creating the puppy gear products that are represented,” said Jonathan Schroder, the CEO of Mr. S. The mural “honors some of our best work and most creative designs.”
Schroder appreciates public art because “the city would be boring without it. San Francisco attracts really creative people and to give them an opportunity to express themselves is one of the things that makes it one of the best cities in our country.”
SOMA West CBD is proud to be a part of such a diverse community and looks forward to supporting more projects that promote diversity in public art.