Posts Tagged ‘blur’

Gold Mountain Mural in North Beach is Gone, Long Gone, Owing to Graffiti Vandals – Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The news of this mural going away had escaped my attention the past couple of months.

Here’s what it looked like before….

…and here’s what it looks like now:

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Here are your reading notes:

Gen Fujioka of the Chinatown Community Development Center is involved with promoting the horrible Central Subway to Nowhere.

Artist Ann Sherry is fortunate to get a five-figure commission for anything, so I’m not sure why she’s so perpetually cranky. 

It’s not smart to put up images of authority figures (you know, people in military of police uniforms) in a sort of wild part of town

I don’t know, maybe this was a bad idea from the start?

I don’t know, maybe San Francisco government has lots of bad ideas, you know, from the start?

What can we learn from this episode?

Santarchy: Hundreds of Santas Take Over San Francisco City Hall – It’s Santacon 2010 All Day Long ‘Til 2:00 AM!

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Five-star Yelp rated San Francisco Santarchy has taken over the city today, just as it did in 2009 and 2008 and 2007 and 2006 and 2005 and 2004 and 2003 and 2002 and 2001 and 2000 and so on.

See?

Find Frank Chu in there:

Via Steve Rhodes click to expand

And around the Great Christmas Tree of Civic Center:

Again, via Steve Rhodes

Enjoy the slideshow.

Now, Kay Vasilyeva has this tip:

“Santarchy in my hood = 30-something and up dudes. Santarchy in the Marina = girls with no pants on. You’re welcome for the tip.”

O.K. then.

Let’s hope nobody gets arrested this year.

All the deets plus links to Santarchy worldwide:

Santa kicks off at 12:30pm Saturday 12/4 at SF Civic Center. See below for full schedule and options from the East, North, and South.

Suggested starting points from the East, North and South:

  • East Bay…10am Heinolds First and Last Chance (Jack London Sq, Oakland) 11:30am Ferry ($6.25), arrive 12pm Ferry Bldg, BART/Muni to Civic Ctr
  • North Bay…10am No Name Bar (757 Bridgeway, Sausalito) 11:20amFerry ($8.25), arrive 12pm Ferry Bldg, BART/Muni to Civic Ctr
  • South Bay…9am Cinebar (69 E San Fernando, San Jose) 10amCaltrain #427, arrive 11:36am 4th/King, Muni K/T to Civic Ctr

1-3pm*

Triple Crown – 1760 Market St (Octavia)  *noon til 8pm (see FB invite for lineup)

POLK GULCH
Ha-Ra Club – 875 Geary (Larkin/Hyde)
Ace’s – 998 Sutter (Hyde/Leavenworth)
Blur – 1121 Polk (Post/Hemlock)
Lefty O’Doul’s – 333 Geary (Mason/Powell)

3-5pm

Market
Pilsner Inn - 225 Church (15th-Market)
Lucky 132140 Market (15th-Church)
Lookout – 3600 16th (Castro-Market)
Cafe Flore – 2298 Market (Noe)

LOWER HAIGHT
Nickie’s – 466 Haight (Fillmore/Webster)

Molotov’s – 582 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)

Danny Coyle’s – 668 Haight (Pierce/Steiner)
Noc Noc – 557 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)

CHINATOWN/NORTH BEACH
Li-Po – 916 Grant (Washington/Jackson)
Buddha Lounge – 901 Grant (Washington/Jackson)
Vesuvio – 255 Columbus (Broadway/Jack Kerouac)
Maggie McGarry’s – 1353 Grant (Green/Vallejo)
Savoy Tivoli – 1434 Grant (Green/Union)
O’Reilly’s – 622 Green (Powell/Columbus)
Rogue Ales – 673 Union (Powell/Stockton)
North Star Cafe – 1560 Powell (Powell/Green)
Lusty Lady – 1033 Kearny (Bway/Pacific)

Triple Crown continues

5-7pm

CASTRO
Moby Dick – 4049 18th (Noe/Castro)
The Mix – 4086 18th (Noe/Castro)
Twin Peaks – 401 Castro (17/18th)
Harvey’s – 500 Castro (18/19th)
Badlands – 4121 18th (Castro/Collingwood)

UPPER HAIGHT
Club Deluxe – 1511 Haight (Ashbury/Clayton)
Gold Cane – 1569 Haight (Ashbury/Clayton)
Hobson’s Choice – 1601 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Aub Zam Zam – 1633 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Murio’s Trophy Room – 1811 Haight (Shrader/Stanyan)

FISHERMAN’S WHARF/PIER 39
Hooters – 353 Jefferson (Jones/Leavenworth)
Buena Vista Café – 2765 Hyde (Beach)

Triple Crown continues

AFTERPARTIES

    • Space Gallery – 1141 Polk (Sutter/Post) 8pm-midnight – Sugarplum Elves’ Holiday Elftacular & Calendar Release Party!
    • Triple Crown continues til 8pm
    • DNA Lounge (New Wave City) – 375 11th (Folsom/ Harrison ) 9pm-3am (costumed Santa gets in free until 10pm, $7 after 10pm)
    • Retox Lounge (Duckpond’s MIGRATION) – 628 20th Str (3rd St) No cover…goes till 2am.

And here’s a list of participating locales:

November 26

Boulder, CO

December 3

Oxford, MS

December 4

Chicago, IL

Portland, OR

San Francisco, CA

December 11

Austin, TX

Beijing, China

Calgary, AB

Cincinnati, OH

Columbus, OH

Halifax, NS

Houston, TX

Lawrence, KS

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Nashville, TN

New Haven, CT

New Orleans, LA

New York, NY

Norfolk, VA

Orlando, FL

Ottawa, OT

Paris, France

Pittsburgh, PA

Rochester, NY

Seoul, South Korea

Stockholm, Sweden

Vienna, Austria

Washington DC

December 12

Singapore

December 17

Fort Collins, CO

Manama, Bahrain

December 18

Adelaide, Australia

Boston, MA

Dallas, TX

Dayton, OH

Denver, CO

Eugene, OR

Fort Collins, CO

Kalamazoo, MI

Kansas City, MO

Niagara Falls, ON

Okinawa, Japan

Phoenix, AZ

Sacramento, CA

St. Paul, MN

St. Petersburg, FL

Savannah, GA

Tokyo, Japan

Yakima, WA

The Longest-Lived Mural Graffiti in San Francisco – Epoxy Plus Paint Equals Forever

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Here’s what the little monsters know – they know that if they tag a big old transformer box or what have you, then it’ll simply get painted over by the City or a property owner, sometimes with a quickness. But painting over a mural, such as the one called Gold Mountain at Romolo Place in North Beach near the intersection of Columbus and Broadway, well that throws all the stakeholders into paralysis and so scribblings will remain for tout le monde to see.

Ideally, you’d have the original muralist come over and do a touchup for free. Ideally. But the long-lived tagging on Gold Mountain has epoxy in it, so it’s really hard to take off of the wall without erasing everything. And then after you do a fix-up another tagger will come along, despite your use of anti-graffiti coatings and whatnot.

Here, take a look at the mural on Romolo from six-plus years ago – nice and clean.

But WholeWheatToast‘s photo from 2008 looks just like every other recent photo that you can find online:

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Here’s the current shot from Google Maps. (Note that Google’s face-blurring privacy program doesn’t distinguish betwixt real people and paintings of people.)

And the pic on MapJack looks the same as well. Oh well.

Now honestly, I’m not sure how much good putting up video cameras would do unless you had somebody to watch a live feed 24-7. I mean the value of showing the SFPD grainy night-time footage of some skinny, 5′ 8″, hoodie-wearing hood isn’t much, right?

For all I know these tags are still there today, with more added on, possibly. I’ll check it out the next time I’m in the area.

(San FranciscoThe City That Knows How®… to sit around and dawdle. Oh well.)

Leaving you with what the Chinatown Community Development Center has to say about all this:

“Gold Mountain Mural Restoration

The Gold Mountain Mural is located at Romolo Alley, near Broadway and Columbus, on the side of the Swiss American building owned and managed by Chinatown CDC. It is the joint effort of Ms. Ann Sherry, the muralist, and Chinatown CDC depicting the lives of Chinese Americans in San Francisco. It was created in 1994, and once restored in 2004 due to heavy tagging. At that time, to honor her, we added the image of our local heroine, Ms. Betty Ann Ong. Ms. Ong is the American Airline stewardess who was the first one to contact ground crew informing them of the plane being hijacked on that fatal flight into the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Recently, this historic mural caught the eyes of the President of the National Museum of Murals and Mosaics in Philadelphia, and will be featured in their online museum website.

Once again, due to tagging, we will start restoring the mural in the near future. We have so far secured some funding to install surveillance cameras to safeguard the mural. Once restoration is complete, we will daily monitor the mural and assist the SFPD to apprehend taggers. (Volunteers interested to help can contact Cathie Lam at 415-984-1461.)