(CNN) — Destructive graffiti wars are being waged by anonymous vandals, deliberately defacing many of the meticulously painted murals that vividly illustrate San Francisco’s streets.
The attacks have sparked calls by outraged professional artists and their supporters demanding everything from public humiliation to experimental collaboration with the hostile graffiti “taggers” to avoid violence and more lost art.
If you’re going to San Francisco, keep in mind that the outdoor murals you see are ephemeral, so appreciate them — and take lots of photos — before they disappear.
Countless gorgeous, larger-than-life murals illustrate this city’s weathered exteriors, bestowing visual intrigue to homes, shops, parking lots, recreational facilities, derelict buildings and alleys.
Artistic themes include anarchy, surrealism, science fiction, eroticism and other fantasies and realities.
Some gigantic paintings include political slogans or poetry for the public to ponder.
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