‘This piece is San Francisco’: the massive digital mural capturing the city’s humanity

French artist JRs massive digital artwork showcases every stratum of society in the city San Francisco has been getting a bad rap lately. You dont have to live here to know that homelessness brushes up against wealth and shiny technology, construction cranes are a staple in the landscape and articles citing cultural collapse duel on social media with love letters to this city by the bay. All of which is to say that there are lot of opinionated perspectives in this dynamic metropolis. The French artist JR has captured 1,206 of them in The Chronicles of San Francisco, a massive digital mural he began in 2018. The crowd-depicting panorama is a technical marvel that captures the range of humanity seen …

‘It was like Woodstock’: inside the town hit by super bloom mania

An influx of visitors, eager for Instagram fodder, prompted Lake Elsinores mayor to shut down access to a flower-covered canyon The town of Lake Elsinore sits at the edge of a canyon newly bursting with color. Fields of poppies, lupins and other wildflowers spill across hillsides usually covered with brown, scrubby plants as though poured from a bucket of paint. In the last few weeks, large swaths of southern California have been transformed into a colorful canvas of flowers. This type of super bloom has happened before, but this year is especially intense an unusually wet winter following years of drought, combined with the aftermath of a brutal wildfire season, has set the stage for what many predicted has become …