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The Walking-Audio Tour

Bending Over Backwards Tour
Spanning SOMA to North Mission, 2 murals and 6 audio stops

Bending Over Backwards (BOB) is a multi-site and multi-media permanent installation consisting of two-dimensional murals of trapeze artists linked by an audio walking tour between the sites that reveals social, cultural, political, and environmental histories. Two murals and six audio stops connect the Mission and the South of Market, a collaboration of muralist Susan Greene and Shaping San Francisco.

Gordon's Sugar Factory

Stop #1: 8th and Harrison
AK Subs

Dunes, wetlands, sugar factory, original butchertown. Also, check out Susan Greene's Bending Over Backwards Mural on the side of AK Subs at 8th and Harrison. Check out the entry with more context and playable audio at FoundSF.org.


voice: Patrick Simms

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Leather David

Stop #2: The Stud
Harrison and 9th Street

Gay leather scene, the "Valley of the Kings." Check out the entry with more context and playable audio at FoundSF.org.


voice: Patrick Simms

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The Vats, former Hamms Brewery

Stop #3: The Vats
1340 Bryant (Synopia Pigments)

Breweries, the Vats, punks, Hostess bakery. Check out the entry with more context and playable audio at FoundSF.org.


voice: Patrick Simms

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Komotion International

Stop #4: Komotion International
2779 16th Street

Underground music and culture. Check out the entry with more context and playable audio at FoundSF.org.


voice: Sasha Lilly and Robin Ballinger, originally part of an "Against The Grain" show at KPFA-FM.

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Emporium Strike mural by Susan Greene

Stop #5: Redstone Building
16th and Capp Streets

Labor Temple, CAMP murals, Dow Wilson. Also, check out Susan Greene's Bending Over Backwards Mural on the way to Stop #6, located in Hoff Alley, visible from 16th Street. Check out the entry with more context and playable audio at FoundSF.org.


voice: Patrick Simms

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The Gartland Hotel at 16th and Valencia, c. 1958

Stop #6: The Gartland Fire
16th and Valencia Streets: plaque at 518 Valencia

The Gartland Fire, landlord arson, gentrification. Check out the entry with more context and playable audio at FoundSF.org.


voice: Patrick Simms

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Tour Map
Sample plaque