One Tree, 10th and Bryant.
(Ricardo Gouveia) was born on Madeira Island, Portugal, and received his
education in the fine arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and Stanford
University. His 1995 mural "One Tree," a fixture in the City, is deceptive
in its simplicity. Situated in a light industrial area, it is a stark final
reminder of the natural world before the viewer is confronted by one of
the chief symbols of industrialization - a freeway. The provocative mural
is located at 10th Street and Bryant at the entrance to HWY 101 South.
Other murals by Rigo in San Francisco are "Truth,"
"Extinct," "Birds/Cars," "Innercity/Home,"
and "Sky/Ground." The artist earned a plethora
of grants, awards, and honors in the 1990s and is celebrated as an exemplar
in the arena of public art. His aesthetic, rich with the flavor of Americana,
is popular among San Franciscans who revere signage art. See Miracle
Art and 17 Reasons.