A Mural on the Back Wall: Dedicated to the Life’s Work of John Basil Vlahos, 1935-2017

A mural on the Stevenson Street wall, shown above, got considerable attention when it was printed in the last couple of issues of the Herald. People actually loved it. We noted how the purpose of doing a mural was to thwart graffiti, which has become a perennial problem along Stevenson Street. You no sooner paint over the graffiti and, almost overnight, it reappears. We also noted how in other parts of the City and, notably, in the Mission, the issue is being addressed by painting murals. So much so that they attract tourists, who come and admire them, photograph them, and share them on Facebook and other social media outlets. We shared how Peter Misthos, nephew of the late John Basil Vlahos, will engage the artists and oversee the work. We’re very excited. The work will cost about $30,000. Inasmuch as John Basil Vlahos, Past President of the Cathedral, recently fell asleep in the Lord, the mural, some 90 feet wide by 12 feet tall, will be rendered in gratitude to him for his years of service to the Cathedral. At the same time, the mural will be making a significant artistic contribution to the City of San Francisco, thus reflecting John’s legacy. As a native son, John loved San Francisco. As a faithful Greek Orthodox Steward and as Archon Nomophylax of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is headquartered in Constantinople, John championed its rights, even as he was inspired by and promoted its iconographic legacy. The mural shows City of Constantinople as it appeared some centuries ago—the City where our Mother Church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, is located. We expect to begin the mural as soon as the stucco has been applied to the wall, i.e. within the next few weeks.

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Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.

John 4:7