Thursday, April 28, 2011

Reoccupying the Towers: Art Galleries Above The Street

My brother and I were biking from my house past the US Bank building on 22nd and Mission and I noticed some Tiki torches on the balcony level and what appeared to be an open aluminum and glass garage door inside a brightly lit space. This building looks to be half empty even in the daytime, but it would be a surprise to see something going on their on a Saturday night. As we turned the corner we saw a sign on an 8.5" x 11" taped to the lobby door that invited everyone up to the Wix gallery, when we got up there this is what we saw:

I love the notion that something like a small art gallery could potentially thrive above the street level in an underutilized office building. What if in the not so distant future, entire buildings were abandoned by their major tenants who moved out to the suburbs, found cheaper leases or went our of business, and in their absence the buildings became a collective of small businesses, organizations, artists and individuals who still valued the density of a vertical urban space. Perhaps just as the glowing gallery above us drew our attention to Wix, the facades of these buildings would be cluttered with a wild array of different signages and lights that remind us they are up there.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Individual Making a Big Presence in the City

[Update: So several people have immediately told me this is a fake. Interestingly, there isn't anything online that conclusively says that, but most people are leaning that way. Well, either way, it's a delightful example of the potential of an individual with the right technology.]


I am way behind on sharing this, but an amazing example of an individual making a big impression on the cityscape, in this case by hacking video screens in Times Square with a radio transmitter and repeater.

There is nothing that will stop us from leaving our mark, and the scale of how daring we can be now that we have this ever increasing self-proclaimed permission to leave this impact is impressive.

Thanks to Scott Tong for passing this along.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

DIY Benches Against Sit-Lie Ordinance


I've mentioned before the absurdity of the sit-lie ordinance that was passed here in San Francisco last year. I love these benches which have been popping up around town. They appear to built from palettes and as Andrew Price of GOOD.IS points out, they "cleverly highlight the absurdity of trying to deal with homelessness and poverty by making it illegal to sit on the sidewalk. After all, if sitting on the sidewalk was really the problem, the solution would be to give people benches, not tickets."

Like SF's Pavement to Parks, Friends of the Urban Forest, guerilla knitting and the myriad other projects and initiatives I've mentioned here, this is further evidence of our new found permission to take possession of the sidewalk as public domain, and in this case, are willing to speak out against a government that is taking that away from us.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Street Projections

I shot this video tonight at the corner of 24th and Bryant in the Mission. I love that GalerĂ­a de la Raza keeps refreshing new things happening in my part of the neighborhood. There was something surreal about these projections swimming silently while the occasional car or bus passed by.

More storefronts should be activated at night. It brings a movement and energy to the street that makes them inhabitable even when they're quiet enough to seem a bit unsafe. It as if each commercial space (or gallery) had something to share with it's neighbors, even when most of them are asleep.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nick&Beau release all-leather PaletteCase on Kickstarter!

Check out the product of our past weekend's work. A leather PaletteCase for iPad2!