#WaterIsLife: Blue Mural Painted Along Montgomery Street Monday Afternoon to Protest 'Dirty Energy' Funding

#WaterIsLife: Blue Mural Painted Along Montgomery Street Monday Afternoon to Protest 'Dirty Energy' Funding

Downtown San Francisco donned a blue-brick road, of sorts, Monday afternoon—albeit for a short time only.

Paint, oil slicked or lacquered, can sear an image onto one’s mind that ushers in a sense of enlightenment and, more importantly, urgency. In an episode of peaceful protesting this Monday during Bay Area lunch hours, along the cool concrete running down Montgomery Street, a now washed-away mural did just that: begged onlookers to contemplate an “aha!” moment—water is, indeed, life.

Fossil fuels, however, are not.

Born from a defiant group of peaceful San Francisco protesters, a laudable gaggle of eco-savvy individuals descended atop the asphalt just outside the city’s foremost Wells Fargo branch to paint the streets a bleuler pallor, evident by the 60-foot “Water is Life” mural brushed outside the executive windows of prominent bankers. Even though the bit of street art was short lived, later that evening being washed away, it managed to linger in the memories of all those who passed by it.

Photos by Eoin McMillan

Photos by Eoin McMillan

(Pictures of the temporary mural flooded—pun intended—Twitter and Instagram under familiar hashtags like #waterislife and #sprotest.)

SFPD were quick to show-up on the scene, but were reportedly “kind and courteous,” both respecting and fostering First Amendment rights. Tribal elders, too, were observed at the free speech display, offering their approval alongside the impassioned, doting protesters.

Water is life; life is water. We are water-born bodies.

Wells Fargo has continued to pour money into unnecessary fossil fuel projects, most notably the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Canadian tar sand operations.

Looking to keep yourself at a distance from companies currently proliferating unneeded fossil fuel projects? Consider divesting from corporations fueling such enablers which you may (unknowingly) have some sort of stock in.

(All images provided for this article are courtesy of Eoin McMillan)

(All images provided for this article are courtesy of Eoin McMillan)


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