Jail Wall Turned Urban Canvas

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A single wall fronting the jail cells of the former Mission Police Station at 1240 Valencia Street, San Francisco, serves as a canvas for the postings, paintings and graffiti that have accumulated in layers over the years. The (de)Appropriation Project continues to catalog each layer, capturing the stratigraphy of urban art and personal expression as it evolves.


Julie Greicius was Art Editor for The Rumpus when it launched in January 2009. One year later, she became Senior Literary Editor, and later, Senior Features Editor. Julie also co-edited the first book published by The Rumpus, Rumpus Women, Vol. 1, featuring personal essays and illustration from twenty kick-ass contributors. Her writing been featured on The Rumpus, Midnight Breakfast, Stanford Medicine Magazine, and BuzzFeed, as well as in the anthology The 27th Mile. She lives in California and is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board. More from this author →