This week we will begin the installation in the window of ATA. Here’s a peek at some of the drawings and sculptures that will be in the installation as well as the stories that inspired these objects.
• “It is not that we board white wordless shuttles to the South Bay out of superiority. It’s that we are new arrivals to a world our upbringings never taught us (to) understand. No one taught (us) how to get involved in (our) communities, how to talk to neighbors…. My story of the Mission is being the face of gentrification…I want to be real here at least as much as my neighbors want me to be more than a commuter ghost. We just don’t know how. Once we learn this place will thrive anew.”
• “I keep tabs on the rising rent costs of living in the Mission. It makes me very sad there there is very little affordable housing left in this neighborhood (unless you snagged a place over ten years ago and have rent control).”
• “I tried to enjoy the S.F. street festival in the Mission but sadly my bike was stolen so I have to walk home in despair.”
• “Valencia Street is my fave because there are always people willing to have a good time and enjoy the sun.”
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Come see how we put it all together at the opening on Sunday, October 6th at Artist Television Access 992 Valencia Street at 21st, San Francisco. The project will be on view in the window until October 30th.
Handful of Salt, a print and online publication, just posted a nice article about Your Store.
“When you think about storefront windows, you probably think gleaming lights, tidy displays, browsing, maybe some mannequins. Retail. But what if a storefront made you think about your neighborhood instead? The sounds that carry you off to sleep every night, the smell of your neighbor’s coffee waking you up each day, or the park where you transformed into a pirate as a child.” You can read more of the article here.
A lot of people are telling us that Dolores Park is their favorite place in the Mission. It’s not a surprise as it’s centered between Noe Valley, the Mission and the Castro and is in one of the sunniest parts of San Francisco.
Dolores Park Map
We’re doing our best to represent what’s happening there with animations and sculptures. Look at these sites and you’ll see there’s a lot going on like the giant Legos, Robot Man, free movies and the Billion Jelly Bloom.
• “I love Dolores Park because it is sunny and has beautiful views of the city. People of every walk of life gather there.” – Michelle
• “As a child I would come to Dolores Park playground as often as possible. I loved the wooden boat. My friends and I would pretend to be a pirate or water monsters. When I turned thirteen they remodeled the playground and got rid of the boat and they made the park so hip. What had once been a child’s paradise became a hipster social club. It felt like it marked an ascent into adulthood.” – Iris
• “Early in the morning I walk through Dolores Park…I walk down Valencia from 20th to 22nd. It is quiet then for the first time. I hear the birds and I feel the weather. It makes me feel like the neighborhood is just for me.” – Mark
And two more things about the park that were told to us. It was once a Jewish Cemetery before all the cemeteries were moved to Colma and before the foliage was pruned, there were many trysts in the bushes.