John Langley Howard | fresco | 10 feet by 24 feet
To balance the agricultural scenes at Coit Tower, Howard portrays industry, including construction,
oil-well drilling, and mining. Son of prominent Bay Area architect John Galen Howard, this artist
portrays a politically sensitive scene using the force of labor as Mexican muralist Siqueiros
rather than Rivera might have presented it.
An angry woman washes clothes by hand in the effluence of a powerful dam, which might as well
have been done by utilizing some of that same electric power. Not only does Howard physically
portray the industrial scene; he also conveys a strong social and political message through his
juxtaposition of bold visual images typical of the Social Realist style of the time.