I was curious about the ABC 7 news crew from one of our local San Francisco stations staked out on my corner most of the day. Turns out they were doing a story on the debate over graffiti vs. street art.
In the news!
On my corner!
I’ve posted on here before about the gorgeous community street art mural serendipitously commissioned just steps from my house last October. Considering my (obvious) well-documented obsession with street art, I feel very lucky that I can’t help but walk out of my door and be bombarded by creativity & inspiration each day. Not a bad way to start the day. I don’t even mind that “my” sidewalk is now clogged with tourists snapping pictures. Which is crazy, because I normally hate crowds and people. Those little koi fish are turning me into a softy.
Check out the full article here.
San Francisco’s Lower Haight is one of the city’s most colorful, vibrant neighborhoods and street art adds to that distinction. But now there’s a lively discussion. Is it vandalism? When is graffiti art and when is art graffiti? A series of koi fish are a symbol of the debate.
“Some people don’t want the koi in front of their house or in front of their business,” neighborhood activist Thea Selby said.
Selby helped create one mural in the Lower Haight. On the sidewalk below swims a school of koi which she finds problematic
“I’ve seen where the koi go down and graffiti goes on top of it and that could in some ways exacerbate graffiti and tagging,” Selby said.
So glad I was wearing my Minnie Mouse shoes when I met Mickey. (Taken with instagram)
UPDATE: Yesterday I posted about a sand art wedding proposal at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Well 7x7 magazine has uncovered the back story and it’s pretty freakin’ adorable.
“…let’s get a couple of things out of the way: (1) Her name is Kelly Riplinger and she said “yes” and (2) Jason Fordley, the mastermind behind the sand art question, might well be the most romantic man in San Francisco. […]
Several years ago, Jason and Kelly were enjoying a picnic of Thai take-out on Ocean Beach when they noticed Andres Amador creating a mural in the sand. “It was one of our first dates in San Francisco and it was just so cool,” says Kelly. “We took a bunch of photos and it was a great memory.”
Three years later, Jason tracked down the artist via the Internet and asked him to create a wedding proposal sand mural…”
Read the full back story here.
I really hope Kelly said yes. She’s one lucky lady.