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“Marriage” —Look Down!:IWP, SF#6

Posted in Bay Area Art Scene, Graffiti, Liz Hager with tags , , , , on August 8, 2008 by Liz Hager

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Date: 08/08/08

Time: 8:48 am

Location: Duboce & Guerrero, NE pavement

“Indispensable Wisdom on the Pavement”: The SF Chronicle carried a story this week about the 16,000 or so couples in Beijing rushing to get married today, 08/08/08 being a highly-auspicious number in China. Apparently, there were more than a few who were even trying to squeeze in a little extra good fortune by scheduling their marriage vows at 8:08 am. It’s also the reason the Olympic officials planned the opening ceremonies for today; I suppose they were hoping to offset all the “bad luck” surrounding the upcoming games—appalling pollution, for starters.  

I happened upon this piece of wisdom on the pavement while on my way to a meeting this morning and a carpe diem moment materialized. Although the shot is 40 minutes late to cash in on the super Vegas jackpot, I’m hoping that at least hitting the 8-8-8- trifecta will bring some luck my way.   If that happens, I promise to pass along a little to you, dear reader!

“No Standing”—Look Down!: IWP, SF#5

Posted in Bay Area Art Scene, Graffiti, Liz Hager with tags , , , on August 5, 2008 by Liz Hager

©2008 Liz Hager

Date: August 4, 2008

Time: 10:13pm

Location: Arcade Section 149 walkway,  ATT Park 

“Indispensable Wisdom on the Pavement”:  A pedestrian warning or ubiquitous command of crowd control is rendered noteworthy by its placement at the end of the first base line along the habitual trajectory of Barry Bonds’ homers.  Barry’s no longer with the Giants, but his spirit lives on from the pavement.

“Wild Stallion”—Look Down!: IWP, SF#4

Posted in Bay Area Art Scene, Graffiti, Liz Hager with tags , , on August 2, 2008 by Liz Hager

©2008 Liz Hager

Date: August 2, 2008

Time: 2:09pm

Location: Church, Corner of Market, SW sidewalk

“Indispensable Wisdom on the Pavement”:  A wild stallion at the entrance to MUNI. Commentary from a satisfied rider, perhaps, or just another cowboy on the loose.

“St. Frida” —Look Down!: IWP, SF#2

Posted in Bay Area Art Scene, Graffiti with tags , , on July 31, 2008 by Liz Hager

©2008 Liz Hager

Date: July 31, 2008

Time: 1:30pm

Location: Valencia between 20th & 21st, WEST sidewalk

“Indispensable Wisdom on the Pavement”: 6 little icons all in a row, close enough to the store front to avoid pedestrian traffic, reminding us that it is sacrilegious to trample an icon.

“Crying is Okay Here”—Look Down!: Wisdom on the Pavement, SF#1

Posted in Bay Area Art Scene, Graffiti, Liz Hager with tags , on July 30, 2008 by Liz Hager

Photo ©2008 Liz Hager

On a trip to Buenos Aires, a city with predominantly political and social graffiti, I learned that looking down had its daily rewards. I’ve been doing it ever since.  When you make a habit of watching what’s at your feet as you walk, you notice how much commentary—social, political, humorous, amorous, sentimental, and even artistic—ends up on our urban pavements.  But it’s subtle—not exactly “in your face” the way vertical-surface griffiti is.   Pavement graffiti requires you to slow down a bit. 

This is the launch of an ongoing series on our Wisdom on the Pavement. We begin in our home city of San Francisco. 

With a nod to Brigit Jones, here goes:

Date: 07/30/08

Time: 2:28pm

Location: Guerrero between 18th & 19th, EAST sidewalk

“Indispensible Wisdom on the Pavement”: The pavement gives us permission we may not grant ourselves.  Additionally, an unusual “softer side” touch in the harsh urban environment.

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