aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Posted by dav at 2005 February 1 06:19 PM
File under: Art

Yesterday was a nice day so I finally completed a project I've been meaning to do for years now. I went down to Warm Water Cove and took a lot of photos of the graffiti there. I also created a Flicker Set from them.

Warm Water Cove is a forgotten city park located where 24th street meets the Bay. It is hidden in a desolate industrial portion of the city, usually empty except for a few people who probably live in one of the many camper vans parked in the area. My brother Marcus introduced me to it years ago at the first of many outdoor punk shows he organized there.

Warm Water Cove North Fence

The fences near the park are covered with graffiti, mostly Writer style. Additionally, across a small waterway is a collection of abandoned rusty street cars, also covered in graffiti.

There's 75 of them in the Flicker Set, the last few are wide panoramas made from stitching together sequences of up to 20 shots. There are a few (maybe 10) photos from elsewhere in San Francisco that day too.

Update: I was googling "san francisco" and graffiti and found a photo on Flickr taken by someone else of the artist creating one of the pieces I put in my collection!

My shot:

Warm Water Cove

The artist at work:

(This photo by otherthings.)


I betcha they have cool graffiti in Brazil. If you get a collection there, that'll be the beginning of a world-wide study that you'll do over the next 50 years. I'll carry your camera bag. That work? : )

Posted by: Mie on February 2, 2005 08:36 AM

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