Hollywood has its name stamped into the hillside, and so does South San Francisco with the installation of the word “DREAM” in shimmering capital letters on the east-facing slope of Bernal Hill.
The public art is by Ana Teresa Fernández, but the concept is not original. For years Fernández has driven by “DREAM” in repeated graffiti on a building at the bottom of a hill near the Alemany freeway merge. That piece is derivative from the tagging of the late Oakland graffiti artist Mike “Dream” Francisco, who was shot and killed during a robbery in 2000.
Fernández turned the Dream epitaph into block letters 12 feet high, and raised them off the ground with poles. Each letter is made of reflective aluminum discs that flash and move with the wind. Located next to a billboard, DREAM is visible day and night from the northbound lanes of both Interstate 280 and Highway 101. “This is a time when we are being asked who is allowed to fulfill their dreams,” says Fernández, 36, an immigrant from Mexico. “For me San Francisco is a sanctuary city, so let us keep dreaming.” Commissioned by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts under the Civic Engagement umbrella overseen by Jon Moscone, “DREAM” will serve as an inspirational signpost for nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, which has built an art and music curriculum around it. The sculpture will be up for at least two years, “as a welcome mat,” Fernández says, “to enter into the city and to enter into yourself.” Article curtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle.
San Francisco has just voted UNANIMOUSLY to BAN all fur sales.
They are the first major city to do so.
Tens of thousands of animals will be saved. Millions of dollars in revenue for the fur industry will be lost. Cities around the world will be inspired to take the same course of action, and more and more fashion companies will be pressured to follow in the footsteps of Gucci, Versace and more by going fur-free.
Several articles were published today criticizing the ban, asking the question “What’s next? A ban on leather?”
The answer is YES. What the world mocked and called impossible a few years ago is happening today- and will continue to happen in the future.
Future generations will read about the barbarism of wearing animal skins for fashion in history books.
San Francisco today- the world tomorrow ✌🏼
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#DidYouKnow that the Koret Health and Recreation Center has the largest indoor pool in #SanFrancisco and was voted the best in the city? 🏊