Posts Tagged ‘art’

VICTORY: NFL Relents – Hauls Super Bowl 50 Corporate Sculpture Ad From Alamo Square – NFL Badly Misled by Local “Host Committee”

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

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Intrusive Super Bowl “50” Sculpture in Alamo Square Righted – But 90 Minutes Later, Angry Locals Topple It Again – Now It’s Irreparable – Photos

And here’s the latest from this morning – via LZ, we see that the NFL has relented to community pressure and it’s just removed the tacky “50” logo from Alamo Square:

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Now it looks like this – the 50 is GONE. The workers must have been arriving just as I was leaving earlier this AM:

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And now when you’re up at Union Square, the only way you can tell that San Francisco is hosting the party part of SB50 is this giant sign what’s supposed to tell tourists (and federal law enforcement?) not to keep valuables (or guns?) in cars, due to the high chances of break-ins in Mayor Ed Lee’s Frisco. Sadly, the sign hasn’t been turned on yet. [UPDATE: Oh, per Hoodline, the sign IS on, it’s just that nobody can read it? You know, that’s even worse. The ones I saw last year were legible. Mmm..]

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So, questions:

1. Are the NFL people going to repair or replace it and then bring it back? If so, then it will need security 24-7. Perhaps more on-the-clock SFGov employees can “volunteer” some more of “their” time for this purpose?

2. OTOH, perhaps the NFL will remove all the statues from SF? That would be a nice gesture, IMO.

3. Hey, isn’t the local Host Committee supposed to warn the NFL when the NFL wants to do something grossly inappropriate, like isn’t the Committee supposed to have local knowledge?  

4. And how is the 50th Super Bowl [SB50] of 2016 not exactly like the 34th America’s Cup [AC34, aka “THE SUPER BOWL OF SAILING] of 2013? Check it: 

“…we estimate that the increase in overall economic activity in San Francisco due to hosting an America’s Cup could be on the order of $1.37 billion. This is three times the estimated impact of hosting the Super Bowl ($300-$500 million).”

See how that works – our disastrous, deadly America’s Cup was predicted to be a BIGGER deal than any old Super Bowl. Was/is that true? NOPE. Oh well.

Anyway, apologies to the people of Alamo Square. Sorry about all this.

Intrusive Super Bowl “50” Sculpture in Alamo Square Righted – But 90 Minutes Later, Angry Locals Topple It Again – Now It’s Irreparable – Photos

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

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“O0PS,” We Did It Again! – Local Residents Finally Topple One-Ton NFL Super Bowl “50” Ad Sculpture in Alamo Square

So some people stood this piece of NFL “art” back up yesterday, but at around 8:30 PM this thing went back down, and it stayed down. And that brings us to this morning, Sunday, January 31, 2016:

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Here’s the report from late last night, from the midnight hour, I can feel the power:

“The sculpture had been righted when we returned to the area around 7pm. Then we heard a loud boom around 8:30pm– the satisfying metallic thud which meant it had been toppled again. BRAVO to the person(s) who did this again. SF loves you.”

This is no longer corporate advertising or corporate art – now it’s garbage. Look at it. Strewn coffee cups, aluminum cans, police CAUTION tape, oxidizing scrap iron plates all over, electronic guts and solar panels removed – it’s now garbage.

We’ve reached endgame. If the NFL people want, they can pick up their garbage afore they get cited (I mean, does the official permit allow it to be on the grass/mud? Nope) and then they could use this scrap to try again. I’m saying just look at the coin “art” graphic on the 0 in “50” – it’s been ripped away. It’s not presentable anymo is what I’m saying. Makeshift repairs aren’t going to cut it anymore. This monstrosity will need to go back to its Maker or it will need to be tossed.

Now what would happen if the NFL people replaced / repaired this thing 100% and then brought it back? The same thing, right?

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Who thought this was a good idea?

“O0PS,” We Did It Again! – Local Residents Finally Topple One-Ton NFL Super Bowl “50” Ad Sculpture in Alamo Square

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

[UPDATE: And be sure not to miss SUP’ BRO?” in Civic Center and “UP R BOWEL” up atop Twin Peaks.]

[UPDATE II: And look, this act of creative destruction has Gone National already, although I should point out that first this ad was altered to say “OOPS” and only later was it pushed over, probably by two separate crews. And look, now the NFL is paying money (our money!) for security guards to watch over some of the other “art” pieces. What’ll happen next???]

First it was all like this – the NFL people thought San Franciscans would line up to thank them for having us pay for their ads, like this ugliness in Alamo Square:

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But what happened was local citizens started attacking this giant metal ad. Look here our excellent HoodLine:

City Waived Fees For Controversial Super Bowl 50 Statues

See the image? It says, “Evict [Mayor] Ed Lee” in white spray paint.

Then the NFL people said that these ads are “graffiti resistant,” and they tried to clean things up.

Then the same “artwork” was altered by area residents to say “SUPERB OWL

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Then this thing got fixed again by the NFL or whomever, sort of. Note the missing aluminum strip around the “0”

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Then the letters were rearranged yesterday to say “O0PS

And now here’s the scene this morning – what, where did it go? Do you see the sculpture?

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I thought, well, what happened, did the locals simply haul it off or perhaps the NFL people decided this was too much of an embarrassment / distraction so maybe they hauled it away?

Oh, here it is! Boom:

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And you see those reddish (metal?) plates?

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They’re what was weighing these ads down.

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So they wanted to make these ads look solid, but the truth is that they’re more like cheesy Beats Solo headphones, by Dr. Dre, oh well.

Oh look, a Google (and now Storer Transportation too?) bus stop in the background:

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Cleverly, the latest crew of locals took the “0” from “Super Bowl 5o” to use as a capital “O” (along with the “O” in BOWL to form “O0ps.” Nice.

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Those are the Painted Ladies / Seven Sisters in the background

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I’m thinking this would be a good opportunity for the NFL to simply apologize and then get rid of this monstrosity this weekend.

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Also, it’d be nice if the NFL could put like $20,000,000 in escrow to pay for having all their parties here. Then the City of SF could draw down the monies to pay for all our out of pocket expenses.

It might seem funny that most San Franciscans don’t want the NFL coming here, but this is the case. Sorry, America.

Host Rejects Parasite: SF Residents Repeatedly Attack NFL SB50 Sculpture at Alamo Square – SUPER BOWL –> “SUPERB OWL”

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

[UPDATE: And the latest alteration from the locals is SUPER BOWL —> ‘SUP BRO? right in front of City Hall, the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere. Simply, the NFL’s annual party is not welcome in this town. Sorry.]

[UPDATE II: Local toughs just went out and simply toppled this hefty statue. This is going to be a long Super Week…]

Remember when the Na’vi people let some Marines mine all their unobtanium on Pandora?

It looked like this – the people, La Raza ended up fighting back:

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You know, as best they could.

Now look what’s happening up at Alamo Square now that news has come to light that our deadbeat NFL out negotiated our weak Mayor.

So the initial attacks upon this tacky sculpture got cleaned up, but now comes something new, from last night or this morning.

For starters, here’s what it looks like from the back, just plopped down in the square:

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See what happened? The locals have gone hog-wild on it again and passersby are staring mouths agape:

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Hey look here – is This Guy (seen via Twitter user Shanan / ShananD) attacking the tacky sculpture or is he trying to do a repair? Or something else? I just can’t tell.

Tacky “gold” aluminum trim panel? Ripped out. NFL sticker on the side? Scratched out:

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SUPERB OWL 50:

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What did this use to say? Was it “3 of 10?” Can’t tell now:

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NFL coins? Keyed, with extreme prejudice:

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And oh yeah, did this thing used to have solar panels? I’ve never seen them – they were the first to go prolly. All what’s left are plastic holes on the back. I’ll tell you, every square foot of this monstrosity has been attacked, in some way or another

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You’re not in Kansas anymore, Chief.

Col. Quaritch: You are in Frisco, Ladies and Gentlemen and Arabic Numerals. Respect that fact every second of every day. If there is a Hell, you might wanna go there for some R & R after SB50, cause out there beyond that fence every living thing that crawls, flies, or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubes. We have an indigenous population of humanoids called San Franciscans. They’re fond of verbal arrows dipped in a neurotoxin that will stop your solar panels in one minute – and they have backbone. They are very hard to kill. As head of NFL Security, it is my job to keep you “50” sculptures alive. I will not succeed. Not with all of you. If you wish to survive, you need to cultivate a strong, mental aptitude. You got to obey the rules: San Francisco Rules. Rule number one…

Note to the NFL: If You Go Too Far with Corporate Sponsorships in San Francisco, You’re Going to Get Blowback – Sorry – Here’s an Example

Friday, January 15th, 2016

I don’t know who would pay a bunch of money for some advertising sculpture and then leave it out on a Western Addition sidewalk overnight, but it’s got to be somebody with a high tolerance for vandalism.

What our Local Host Committee might not have told you, NFL, is that Things Are Different Here, say compared with Atlanta, New Orleans, Orlando and all those other places filled with people who actually want you to come visit every seven years.

Sorry.

To make my point, let’s head on over to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to check out this plaque celebrating General Motors (GM, actually Old GM, the one we had before the big bankruptcy):

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You see, back in the 1990’s, GM just gave us the low six figures it took to put in the beloved Panhandle Playground and all it asked in return was this wooden plaque. It’s says “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN* DEALER.” Or at least it used to say that. But the corporate part got chiseled away, by angry hippies.

Sorry, GM.

Do you really want to come back to SF to hosts your parties  for Super Bowl 57 or SBLXII or whatever? I don’t think you do, NFL.

Hey, what about LA as your Permanent West Coast Venue?

Just asking…

*A kind of car at the time. The branding had an Apple-ish kid of appeal, at the time. Ironically, SF never even had a local Saturn dealer, but a local ad agency did the branding so we ended up with a free playground.

Here’s the OTHER Part of the “Berkeley’s Big People” Art Installation: Bros Flying Kites, Mostly

Friday, January 15th, 2016

You’ve seen the northern end, now here’s the southern end:

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OK fine…

But Is It Art? Huge DinoCar, Central Valley Near the I-80

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

In my day, we’d call this a brontosaurus, but then again we also called Frisco Frisco, plus at that time they learned us that Pluto was a full-on planet so oh well don’t listen to me, I’m sure they have a better word than brontosaurus these days, when kids don’t learn (how to smoke and) how to name dinosaurs from Flintstones reruns…

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The Only Thing More Berkeley than the “Berkeley’s Big People” Sculptures is the Lengthy, Overbudget Process Behind Them

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

I’d never really looked at this expensive hunk of fiberglass afore.

Oh, Kenneth Baker hates it:

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Obviously conceived before the rise of iPhones…

Here‘s the whole story.

Keith Haringvan, Spotted on Masonic: Keith Haring Figures + Ford Van = Keith Haringvan

Monday, December 21st, 2015

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This BRT Rendering Shows How Our SFMTA Views Us The People – But Is This a Homeless Person or Just an Old Pushing Groceries?

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

These are most of the people depicted in this Van Ness BRT proposal from the SFMTA:

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At first I thought the right side showed a stolen metal shopping cart being pushed by a street person, but then I thought it might be a stroller, but then I ENHANCED the image to see it’s a privately-owned folding shopping cart being pushed by I don’t know who.

Of course this isn’t a typical amount of peds you’d expect to find using the crosswalks at this intersection, but perhaps our SFMTA is, once again, being “aspirational.”

And this rendering is a lot better than some we’ve seen in the past, like this urbanist’s fever dream of our already-failed Octavia “Boulevard,” which turned out to be somehow too wide and not wide enough at the same time IRL:

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On It Goes…