Dreaming of Another San Francisco

These visions of another, post-capitalist San Francisco were originally commissioned in 2006 by the late, great San Francisco Bay Guardian, and demonstrate a utopian hope for the future now loosely identified as "solarpunk."

The future is anarchic, utopian, and most definitely climate-changed. This gallery of nine illustrations by the artist and muralist Mona Caron depicts, in her own words, a “post-global warming, post-fossil fuel, bioregional San Francisco, thriving within a shifted socio-economic paradigm.”

It’s an altogether better tomorrow. Today, this sort post-capitalist utopianism is the beating heart of the burgeoning solarpunk movement, with its roots in the humanist science fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others.

Full of humor and conviviality, Caron’s altered city is beautiful, welcoming, altogether different from our own — but alluringly familiar.

We know this place. It is the San Francisco of our dreams, and we have walked these streets, sometimes, it seems, even in waking life.

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Mona Caron

Mona Caron

A Swiss-born, San Francisco-based artist, Mona Caron uses muralism, illustration and photography in both her art and artivism. Her focus is on community-informed and site-specific murals in public space. She has created large-scale murals in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, has delved into stop-motion animation as part of her "WEEDS" project, and co-creates visuals for street actions and outreach with social and environmental movements.

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