Last Friday, for a few hours only, there was an art walk that spanned two blocks of the Tenderloin. It started at Market and 6th street; a notoriously rowdy, impoverished, and abject section of the city. For years there’s been talk of reviving and beautifying this section of the city with the help of art. There’s a hope that it can morph into San Francisco's arts district.
In an effort to facilitate the transformation an annual art event called 2 Blocks of Art happens along this corridor. Performing and visual artists set up temporary spaces and installations on and off the street; entwining themselves and their work with the people who live, hustle, and loiter on 6th street. Walking these two blocks requires courage and compassion at moments. Because of this 2 Blocks of Art was a truly urban experience and adventure. Below is a sample of some of the art I found tucked away in emptied retail spaces, and SRO entry way, a laundry mat and on the street.
Sunset Piano at Market & 6th
Drawing Air. Artist: David Fiveash
The Original Twelve. Artist: Robin Lehto
Artist: Elisabeth Nicula
Time Machines. Artist: Aja Ulfedt
Allison Lovejoy at Launderland
We are all explorers. Artist: Shalaco
I Can't Set No More Traps. Artist: Oskar Lawrence Brent Malone
Data Structures and Algorithms. Artist: Tilde Ann Thurium