Interactive art panels unveiled to draw more visitors to San Francisco’s Chinatown – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – San Francisco’s Chinatown business community is launching an interactive art project that it hopes will draw visitors to the struggling commercial district.

“We went through all these ups and downs. We will get through this no matter what,” said Eva Lee, president of the Chinatown Merchants Association.

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Chinatown has struggled to escape the long, long shadow of the pandemic. Business owners say the neighborhood was just beginning to recover this winter when the omicron outbreak again sparked a de facto close.

“When omicron was announced, it felt like we were back in March 2020,” Lee said. “It looked like a ghost town.”

The business community installed an interactive art project throughout Chinatown, featuring eight art panels – mini-murals showcasing different businesses.

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“I love having the artwork here because it depicts the Golden Gate Fortune Cookies. There’s a QR code on it and you can travel to different attractions around Chinatown,” says Golden Gate Fortune Cookie owner Kevin Chan. Factory.

For tourists, art panels are part of the treasure hunt. For business owners, they are part of the economic rescue mission this Tiger Lunar New Year

“The tiger is fearless, courageous. They are passionate. They know what they want. And we are ready to overcome any obstacle that comes our way,” said Chinatown community activist Rose Chung.

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