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The mission stencil story is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure story that takes place on the sidewalks of the Mission district in San Francisco. It is told in a new medium of storytelling that uses spraypainted stencils connected to each other by arrows. The streetscape is used as sort of an illustration to accompany each piece of text.

Its a love story with 2 characters who start in different locations. His story starts at 16th and Valencia, in front of the Crown Hotel / Limon Restaurant with the text "He Leaves his Lonely Apartment." Her story starts at 21st and Guerrero in front of a stunning mansion with the text, "She Leaves her Lonely Apartment." Eventually their paths merge, at the point where they meet, and their paths travel together until drama pulls them apart.

Their are two possible endings, happy and tragic, and two other points where the story can end unexpectedly if the viewer chooses the wrong ending. All in all, there are 4 possible endings.

Mission Stencil story on Flickr


I checked out this adventure and it was great! There's a little trouble finding the start of the story. The female story line is clearly marked, but it's not clear when you're supposed to stop for the meeting point between the characters. The start point for the male story has been painted over! To save time, and wasted walking, just go to cafe/diner @ 18th & Guerrero and look for the marking in white letters. That's where they meet, and that's where the fun starts. The story is clearly marked from that point onward.

Does anyone know who did this? I'd love to know more about the story behind the story.

that's a bummer that they painted over part of it. i've been too lazy to go out and try it. i've heard that limon is responsible for it, but i don't know if it is true or not.

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