San Francisco: a city filled with creativity and diversity. Whether it be the art pieces created by the many artists, or the ordinary people living day to day; San Francisco is the one city that allows individuals to express themselves artistically. With this said, there is an estimate of over a thousand murals created by a diverse range of artists scattered throughout San Francisco. There are also over 50 art museums & galleries and 90 memorials & monuments. Being known for the city’s contemporary art, or Abstract Expressionism, one thing that artists are starting to keep an eye out for is the homeless that camp on/near their art. With there being a huge homelessness crisis, you can find close to around 8,000 individuals that are without shelter, some giving no respect to their environment or anything around them. That lack of respect towards their environment looks something like the feces being left around, rise of drugs, garbage, etc. From art galleries, museums, to actual pieces of work, individuals value their creativity and feel as if the homeless ruin that enjoyment for them. In fact, some of these creative individuals become so attached to their art and the way it’s viewed, that it leads to disrespecting others without thinking about themselves first.
For instance, in January of 2023, an SF art gallery owner named Shannon Gwin was caught hosing down a homeless woman right outside his art shop. Owning the “Foster-Gwin Gallery” in San Francisco, Shannon Gwin wanted to make his point of having a clean environment surrounding his art pieces, stating to “Move!” as he aimed his water hose directly towards her face. Without hesitation, repeating himself, he began to continuously spray the woman on the sidewalk down, giving her no time to react or respond back. Finally stopping, the woman decides its best to leave, without the involvement of the cops; however, was later seen at the hospital a few days later. With Shannon Gwin being white, and the homeless woman being black, many also assumed discrimination/racism played a role towards the actions that had taken place. Not only did Gwin admit to what he did was wrong, he was also arrested and charged with battery.