Best Mural Honoring a Fallen Celebrity - 2008
O.J. Simpson Mural
Although heavily faded, this street mural on the side of a furniture warehouse was executed in the late 1980s to celebrate the rich history of Potrero Hill, where Simpson grew up. He played football at Galileo High School and City College before becoming a star at USC and in the NFL. The one-time favorite son is depicted, helmet in hand, near the center of the colossal painting. But, alas, the mural also bears the mark of his fall from grace after he was accused (and, in 1995, acquitted) of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. Simpson's face and torso have been brushed over with blood-red paint, and there are horns above the outline of his head.