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As seen in Potrero Hill…
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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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?
W.A.S.I. Investment Advisory Services at 432 Clement has a new-school look about it,* so the latest tagger to come by honored that with a similarly minimalist scribble.
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Let’s all applaud this youthful artiste de rue for his restraint, for his thoughtfulness.
*Complete with a sliding-glass(!) main-entrance door (and a sign telling everybody how to operate it).
(I call the NoPA part of the Western Addition the NoPA Western Addition because I’m not a goddamned Realtor and/or rich, white, property-owning NoPNA NIMBY.)
Well, it takes a village to build a parklet or it takes three weeks or something, cause that’s about how long it seemed for this construction to get built onsite at Fulton near Divisadero, right in front of the Tsunami / sake shop / coffee shop mini-mall what’s on the corner.
You’d see dude out there working away – the intersection smelled like a forest for a while there.
Anyway, as you can see, the little monsters thought it would make a good billboard for their scribblings:
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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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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.
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.)
You know Shepard Fairey from his Barack Obama Hope posters of last year and of course his related legal troubles from this month, right? (Always remember, when you borrow from others, it’s “fair use” but when others borrow from you, it’s cease and desist time for the infringing ”parasites“ - inn’t that right, Shepard?)
Anyway, brace yourself for this Thursday when Shepard and our corporate overlords at Levi’s team up for the debut of the “Obey X Collection.” See?
“The highly-collectible Obey x Levi’s® capsule collection will be carried exclusively at select Levi’s® Store locations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Santa Monica and at Levis.com. A limited number of pieces will also be available at www.obeyclothing.com. The collection will be available beginning October 29 and will range in price from $34.50 to $148. To commemorate the launch of the collection, on October 29 Fairey will unveil a series of four new poster designs at a live art installation outside The Levi’s® Store in New York City’s Times Square. Once Fairey completes the installation, he will meet-and-greet event participants while autographing free museum-quality reproductions of his new posters.”
It’ll look like this. Just $37.78 for a grey T-shirt:
But there’s more:
“The series of four limited-edition Shepard Fairey posters will be given away as a free gift, while supplies last, with the purchase of any item from the Obey x Levi’s® collection in the following Levi’s® Store locations: Times Square and Soho in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, Santa Monica and Chicago. The front side of each of the four double-sided posters features artwork that exists as a stand-alone piece. The reverse side of each poster also includes one piece of a oversized mural image specially designed by Fairey.”
That’s not dirt, it’s paint from all those nights you’ve spent tagging:
“Think & Create” and “Paint and Destroy”:
Is Obey “the new Ed Hardy,” or something? One thing’s for sure kids – quality will be higher and the cost cheaper compared to what Shepard normally offers.
See you at the Union Square Levi’s (300 Post Street) this Thursday!
S.F. is 40 years old. (40 going on 28, or 17, or something.)
All the deets after the jump.
This graffiti artist ended up gathering a small crowd on Golden Gate Ave. in the Tenderloin last night, right near the place where they’re showing South Pacific. (BTW, hurry, SP is closing in just ten days!)
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You could hear ”rrrrrrrrrrrrr” and then “psssssssssss” back and forth – and then sometimes at the same time.
Thanks, Action Rentals!