Wired City #3, 5.5” x 4.25”, mixed media on paper
When it comes to San Francisco, there are certain iconic images that are recognized around the world, the most famous being the Golden Gate Bridge, followed up by cable cars and rows of Victorian houses. But for us locals, there are different and local iconic images that we associated with our City. We have Sutro Tower, the MUNI logo, and wires, lots of wires. You look up in San Francisco and you are as likely to see wires as you will see fog. Those are the wires that “ruin” many a tourist’s photo. The wires that perplex Germans who tell me they “thought San Francisco was a modern city…” San Francisco wouldn’t be San Francisco without its wires.
The wires are full of contradictions. A modern high tech city with wires strung everywhere. We are a wire-filled city where more and more of its residents forgo landlines and only have cell phones. A city where we are less likely to have cable TV, in part because we are too busy to watch TV and in part because Sutro Tower gives many of us great reception for free. A city where even the über-rich in Pacific Heights can look out their windows at a leaning telephone pole and a nest of wires.
With that in mind, above is one of a series of four handmade “souvenir” postcards of our Wired City. They have been sent out for various upcoming shows in Italy, France, the U.K. and the U.S.