Mathematically, the Giants aren’t out of playoff contention — not yet, at least. But come what may, there will be one very happy Giants fan on a remote section of Elsie Street, because he just “commissioned” a very cool piece of street art on the side of his house that will be there long after the 2011 season has come and gone. Neighbor Steve explains:
I saw the Brian Wilson stencil created by Get Up in the Mission (Valencia and 19th, roughly?) and loved it. I’m a fan of street art in general and stencil art in particular, and I’m a big Giants fan. So it seemed natural to try to figure out who put it up (sometimes of course that’s a challenge, as street artists want to remain anonymous).
A quick Google or two later, and I’d found Get Up, who has a Facebook page. I asked him by email if he was making T shirts of the image (which he was – he sold some over on Fillmore this weekend). In the course of that email exchange, he mentioned that he was headed out to put some more art up that evening. I jokingly suggested he tag the open, south facing wall of my house (which faces a small empty lot). The next thing you know, he says as long as it’s ok with me he’d love to!
My only stipulation was that he do it as if it were a real tag – wherever he wanted to, and by the dark of night. I left him a can of housepaint to touch up the wall at his request. And this morning, voila! (I paypaled him some dough to cover his supplies and whatnot, of course).
So it’s a great image that captures my love of street art, the Giants, the quirkiness of Bernal, and since I’d just returned from Burning Man it seemed like a nice way to decorate the neighborhood.
Now, we’ll see how the people on my block feel about it, I expect there will be some feedback…
Oh, and Get Up has a show coming up at Gamma Space in Oakland on the 16th, this Friday.
UPDATE 21 SEPTEMBER, 2011:
The stencil! It is spreading!! Two more Bernal homes got the treatment this week.
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