Gone but Not Forgotten: Wood & Water Mural #1

In 2011 I was invited by the Lower Haight Mural Collective to take part in their mural wall on the building at 55 Laguna Street at Haight.

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The building - once owned by UC Berkeley but sold to a private developer and then with development stalled by the recession - was slated to be demolished in about a year. I decided to take the temporary nature of the site as a theme and created Gone but Not Forgotten, an interactive mural that invited people to use chalk to make their own unique memorials in words or drawings over the course of a year.

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Being on a road that has thousands of people going by every day, both commuters and tourists, meant the mural would fill up quickly.

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The mural filled up so quickly, I decided to clean it every other week (sometimes every week) so that there was room for new participants.

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One benefit of these regular visits to the mural was getting to meet many of the contributors, both those from the neighborhood who went by almost every day and those from a surprising (to me) number of countries around the world.

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I loved hearing all of their stories and seeing what they decided to create.

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The building has been partially demolished and is now being developed to create a combination of retail and housing, but for me it will definitely never be forgotten.

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