About The Project

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The SF Mirrors Project is a public art project with a simple purpose at it's core:
To spread a bit of random inspiration and happiness to complete strangers.

Created by Akin Bilgic, and launched in San Francisco on January 30th 2012 - The project consisted of 100 body-length acrylic mirrors, each with a unique one-sentence inspiring message submitted from project supporters from all over the world.

On the night of January 30th 2012, the SF Mirrors team placed the mirrors throughout the entire city - onto bare walls, sides of buildings, and other public spaces. In the following days and weeks, Facebook and Twitter became hubs for people posting up pictures of themselves in the mirrors they came across. A makeshift scavenger hunt to find as many of the mirrors as possible, and our inbox was flooded with emails about how the mirrors had an impact on the day.

The goal of The SF Mirrors Project is for people to take a moment to look at themselves in the mirrors, read the messages, and hopefully walk away feeling inspired, confident, and happier, which in-turn is hopefully spread to others they interacted with that day.

Funding and support for the SF Mirrors Project was gathered on Kickstarter.com from April 10th to June 30th 2011. In those 48 days, $3252.00 was pledged from 130 backers. The project was shared over a thousand times on Facebook, and received hundreds of tweets on Twitter. The project was also plugged on sites like MSN, Laughing Squid, GOOD.is Magazine, PSFK.com, and Post Secret. In short, a bunch of awesome people stepped up, got involved, spread the word, and helped get the project off the ground.

Photo Book

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The Messages

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“You are loved.”

submitted by: James Kanka

“Well don’t you look lovely today!”

submitted by: Megan Denny

“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life. -Brian Tracy”

submitted by: Beth Knight

“Break the norm, stray from the familiar, and acquaint yourself with the undistinguished. When your life becomes habitual you are not existing but enduring the routine. Make everyday foreign and every experience mystifying. LIVE.”

submitted by: Marcus Duvoisin

“You are what you do, Do good be good!”

submitted by: Kristopher Vita

“It’s a brand new day.”

submitted by: Louaye Moulayess

“Smile! =D”

submitted by: Paul Slice

“There is only one of you. Cherish.”

submitted by: Maria Allain

“You are exactly what God intended!”

submitted by: Larry Wong

“What are you waiting for?”

submitted by: Lauren Curler

“You can do anything!”

submitted by: Kate Alekseenko

“You are beautiful when you smile.”

submitted by: Carolyn Janis

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. -G. K. Chesterton”

submitted by: Allison Hom

“Love is the movement.”

submitted by: Chris Calabro

“Hello Gorgeous!”

submitted by: Shannon Dobson

“You are beautiful.”

submitted by: Steven Brett Siden

“This mirror only displays beautiful people.”

submitted by: Andrew Neidhardt

“Just breathe.”

submitted by: Melissa Spigutz

“Hello gorgeous. Mind if you take your picture?”

submitted by: Jenni Monet

“Keep on keepin on.”

submitted by: Eric Slatkin

“How have you contributed to slaying evil empires today?”

submitted by: Ilya Zhitomirskiy

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C. S. Lewis”

submitted by: Emmet Breen

“There is more to you than what you see here.”

submitted by: Marc Majcher

“God, grant us the serenity…”

submitted by: Duncan Moore

“If you can dream it, you can do it!”

submitted by: Abrye Redeker

“Be your real self today.”

submitted by: Shea Backes and Alessandra Ross

“It gets better.”

submitted by: Kevin Walker

“Get up offa that thing, and dance til you feel better!”

submitted by: Trish Ang

“You are beautiful!”

submitted by: Shannon Jones

“Objects in mirror are happier than they appear.”

submitted by: Kendall Dunaway

“Be True To Yourself.”

submitted by: Ivan Cash

“You have TODAY. What will you do with it?”

submitted by: Cindy Womack

“Don’t sweat it! When the time is right, it will happen. And when it does, it will be epic!”

submitted by: Alan Ma

“Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese.”

submitted by: Rebecca Forth

“Yes, you CAN!”

submitted by: Daniel Rosales

“Right now would be a great time to stop taking life so seriously.”

submitted by: Jonathan Weber

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. YOU must set yourself on fire.”

submitted by: Norman Haase

“Stay hopeful, friend. This too shall pass.”

submitted by: Kevin Wilbanks

“Ask for what you want.”

submitted by: Tom Kapanka

“Open your window and look upon all the kinds of alive you can be!”

submitted by: Sarah Robeson

“Remember to breathe.”

submitted by: Vincent Kitirattragarn

“Bake Christmas cookies in July–just because.”

submitted by: Genevieve Matranga

“A little wackiness never hurt anyone. Go ahead, be a bit of a goofball.”

submitted by: Andrew Schnorr

“Who knows why we like what we like.”

submitted by: Fulya Guney

“Love the skin you’re in.”

submitted by: Rose Marnell

“Grasp the gravitas of simplicity.”

submitted by: Christian E. Vettrus

“The road from the Earth to the stars is never easy.”

submitted by: Brian Urmanita

“That was a good thing you did today. Thank you!”

submitted by: Shalin Mody

“Everyday you’re getting better at everything you do.”

submitted by: Lucas van Leiden

“The best mirror is an old friend.”

submitted by: Brian Beaver

“Curious? Good!”

submitted by: Exhibit A

“The universe is friendly and life is on your side.”

submitted by: Tricia George

“Air is Funny”

submitted by: Arthur Simone

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”

submitted by: Ashley Kuscsik

“Do something today that’s worth sharing with others.”

submitted by: Jacob Peebles

“Connect with your wisdom, creativity and personal power today!”

submitted by: Athena Williams-Atwood

“Imagine loving and caring for ALL other beings just as much as you love and care for yourself.”

submitted by: Michael R. Donnoe

“I have it on high authority that today you’re by far the fairest. Keep up the good work.”

submitted by: Chris Fano

“The mirror is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself.”

submitted by: Corey Chandler

“All Is Well”

submitted by: Sean Gillane

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance” -Oscar Wilde

submitted by: Deb Hannam

“Don’t hide yourself in regret. Just love yourself and you’re set.”

submitted by: Tai Turner

“Tell someone you love them today.”

submitted by: Mahtab Azimi

“Every person has their own piece of sky.”

submitted by: C. Caceres Alhambra

“Smile, it’s not too hard =)”

submitted by: Keith Kunkel

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

submitted by: Eric Salinas

“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day!”

submitted by: Nicolette Blubaugh

“Things said today, are remembered forever afterwards. Make the words you say worthwhile.”

submitted by: Angela Quan

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,but by the moments that take our breath away.”

submitted by: Shing Ho

“You are enough. You have enough.”

submitted by: Jennifer Schimmel

“Where have you gone today?”

submitted by: Miguel Tuason

“Find your inner peace & passion. It will save you.”

submitted by: Tanya Badayos

“Thanks for not making a mess.”

submitted by: Dominique Bischoff-Brown

“Hey there, cutie-pie.”

submitted by: Patrick Bell

“Always have faith in the person you are.”

submitted by: Alexandra Georgieva

“Smile you are wonderful!”

submitted by: Nick Hoh

“Be legendary. We all have talents.”

submitted by: Anam Khan

“Live as if your life depended on it.”

submitted by: Cheryl Ulrich

“You are enough. Just as you are.”

submitted by: Sonya Contino

“Write in your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”

submitted by: Nadia Bhatti

“You are beautiful!”

submitted by: Rachel Kline

“You’re doing a great job.”

submitted by: Mairead Case

“Don’t hold yourself hostage against this mirror.”

submitted by: J Luis Correa


submitted by: Ying Ho

“Have a beautiful day.”

submitted by: Melisa Maseo Nolan

“You are never alone.”

submitted by: Brian Daniel South

“You are awesome!”

submitted by: Scott Pasternak

“Light plays in your eyes, sun rests on your lips: Smile and illuminate the world”

submitted by: Nathalie Boisard-Beudin

“Every moment is an opportunity to do better.”

submitted by: Patricia G. Ramirez