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What Is It Like To Navigate Market Street as a Pigeon?

Written by Christina CampodonicoContributors Julie ZigorisPublished Jan. 25, 2023 • 6:30pm
Bicyclists and Muni buses travel down Market Street in San Francisco on Nov. 17, 2022. | Benjamin Fanjoy/The Standard
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San Francisco may not be the Gotham of Batman comic book lore, but it is getting its own comic strip of sorts—thanks to the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Today, the commission announced the installation of Market Street Crossroads, the latest edition of poster art pieces to be displayed on Muni bus shelters along Market Street.

This year’s series, created by award-winning sibling illustrator COIN-OP team Peter and Maria Hoey, continues the “Comics 2.0” theme from 2022 and takes a page from comic books. Six illustrated vignettes show commuters moving through the city by bike, bus, scooter, streetcar and more. We see these commuters’ thought bubbles as they make their way to work or home. The artists even got into the head of a pigeon while trying to navigate Muni.

“I find the escalator very confusing. It never stops moving,” the pigeon remarks in one frame of a poster cheekily named “Flock on Market.”

“Market Street Crossroads” poster art by sibling comic-illustrator team Peter and Maria Hoey | Courtesy San Francisco Arts Commission

“When we saw the call for artists for this project, we knew right away that we wanted to make our comic about Market Street,” co-creator Maria Hoey said in an artist statement. “I used to walk down Market Street to catch the bus, waited and daydreamed at these kiosks. My brother and I both agreed that we should make a series of stories that would speak to and entertain the people waiting there today.”

Other vignettes dive into the heads of more Market Street passersby, including a solo commuter missing her stop, a grandchild traveling to visit his grandmother and a man daydreaming in rainy weather on his streetcar commute. Scroll through the gallery or take a stroll down Market Street to see more of this series.

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Christina Campodonico can be reached at [email protected]


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