Academy of Art University and San Francisco Fire Department Unveil Historical Mural by Student Artist Carmynn Zhang at SFFD Headquarters
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 20, 2024 ~ San Francisco, CA - In a celebration of the city's rich history and the bravery of its firefighters, students from Academy of Art University have completed a stunning hand-painted mural at the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) headquarters. The project was spearheaded by Captain Jonathan Baxter and designed by AAU School of Fine Arts student Carmynn Zhang.

The 21-foot-high mural, located in the rotunda lobby of the fire headquarters at 698 Second Street, will be unveiled to the public on Monday, May 20th at 9 a.m. PT. It offers a glimpse into the late 1800s and early 1900s when Engine Company No.5 was in active service, showcasing the oldest standing firehouse owned by the SFFD.

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This historical landmark was nearly lost to the community in 2004, facing potential sale or demolition. However, thanks to local efforts, it stands today as a symbol of strength and resilience.

At the center of Zhang's design is a restored Knickerbocker Engine Company No.5 fire engine from 1855, creating an illusion that it is parked outside the vintage firehouse. The mural was funded by personal contributions from members of the SFFD and SFFD employee affinity groups.

"This mural serves as a visual tribute to all those who have served in the San Francisco Fire Department throughout its history," said Captain Baxter.

Members from both SFFD and Academy of Art University will be available for interviews after the unveiling ceremony. This collaboration between students and firefighters not only honors their shared history but also showcases their dedication to preserving it for future generations.
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