In 2004, archaeologist Eric Blind and artist Ben Wood found a mural concealed behind an altar at Mission Dolores.

The mural was painted sometime between 1791 and 1796, when the Ohlone and other local Native Americans are thought to have built the church. Painted on plaster, the mural is covered over with abstract patterns and Christian imagery. But about five years it was obscured behind a large wooden alter.

Blind and Wood began digitizing the mural and asked local artists Jet Martinez, Ezra Eismont and Bunnie Reiss to paint it based on photos, outside a grocery store on Bartlett Street.

Yesterday, the replica mural went on display.

Max Pringle has a report:
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Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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