San Francisco, California
"Two compliments: 1. I think you are great at what you're doing. Everything you fixed around here looks great. Second I really enjoy your curiosity and openness in talking to me! Very fresh and inspiring."
How did he react?
"Oh thank you! That is so nice!"
How did I feel?
San Francisco is the queen of street art. Long before I first came to the Bay, Berlin and Cologne-Ehrenfeld had planted a passion for street art in me. I used to love graffiti and the small items you miss easily: The ones you only become aware of during your third or fourth time passing them. My favorite example for those were the Berlin Yoga men. They would make me smile. I loved that street art changes continuously. Everyone is constantly taking part in that big exhibition called city, both enjoying and changing the art. Street art turns cities into grown up playgrounds. All kids are invited into the sandbox as street art says: "Come, play!" to everyone.
I still love all these things. But I have a new favorite type: Murals, San Francisco ones in particular. They are... insane. (Check out the pictures below). And I know how huge street art can be in terms of quantity. I used to think Berlin was big, now I know it's tiny. A week ago I walked through the Tenderloin, Hayes Valley and the Lower Haight for about 20 minutes. Taking a picture of almost everything I saw I realized how much there actually is. Scroll down and see what I found when walking for two miles...
At the very end of my walk I saw a different kind of street art: A beautiful collection of Mexican tiles on a fassade. I stopped. That's when I met Jaime, the housekeeper, who was fixing a window. I asked him:
"Excuse me, is it okay if take a picture of these tiles?"
"Oh wow, are you asking me if you can photograph this house?"
"Yeah, of course!"
"You are too nice. You should absolutely go ahead!"
"Thank you so much! I dig these.."
"I know... They are wonderful, right? They are handmade, from Mexico..."
Here are the pictures. Note that I just photographed most of what I saw, not making a difference between personal favorites and pieces I did not like as much- I just took them all.
PS I am having trouble uploading most of the pictures. For now I will just share some of them- the rest is to come soon once I have figured out the uploading problem...