Surrounded by colorful houses, eye-catching architecture, kooky shops, and enticing bars, San Francisco residents have plenty to see and do. And while many artsy Instagram shots might focus on the big icons—the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies, and the Ferry Building—the city also boasts some awesome works of art that shouldn’t go unseen. 

Next time you wander around the city, look for these hidden gems amidst the usual distractions. Some of them are more prominent than others, but you might not know the whole story behind all of them. Each piece testifies to the city’s creativity and some even carry important historical importance. Get your walking shoes on and go check out these inspiring pieces.