The Minimally Artistic Art of Instant Minimalist Art: 126 Hawthorne Lane, San Francisco, California

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Good Evening:

Murals might represent a great blessing to the blank walls of San Francisco, but graffiti represent the curse. You might think that taggers would have the good sense to feel too embarrassed and ashamed of their poor artistry, but alas, they do not. The parking lot at 126 Hawthorne Lane–just 50 feet away from the new home of our gracious WordPress hosts at Automattic–and it seems odd that WordPress’ spell check function flags “Automattic” as an error–represents a typical tagger target, but the response of the parking lot owners to the totally tragically terribly talentless tagging does not. Most parking lot owners just paint over the tagging with whatever dullsville paint they have at hand.

126 Hawthorne Lane has a plan. Specifically, paint schemes.

The south and north walls on each side of the lot get tagged often. The parking lot owner uses one set of colors for the south wall and a different set for the north.

The south wall tends toward earth tones.

DSCN5848 DSCN5845 DSCN5846The north wall tends toward shades of grass and sky.

DSCN5850 DSCN5841 DSCN5835It can’t be a coincidence.

Incidentally, the good folks at Automattic know how to throw parties. On consecutive days this week, they showered free drinks, free pizzas, free beer and sodas, free stickers and buttons, free iPhone cases, and free chocolate upon their bloggers and developers. It’s real easy to feel real appreciated at their San Francisco soirees.

Vonn Scott Bair

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7 responses »

  1. Ah, excellent idea. And thank you once again for the post, which provided a vivid reminder of the many years I worked near Hawthorne Lane, and all of the office parties and lunches at the restaurant by the same name of Hawthorne Lane.

  2. Pingback: The Minimally Artistic Art of Instant Minimalist Art, 8 August 2014 (Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture) | The San Francisco Scene--Seen!

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