Category Archives: Architecture

Hey, Yoo! Great Korean Neo-Pop Public Art: Spider-Man with Morning Wood!

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Artist Eunsuk Yoo recently removed his sculptural installation of Spider-man sporting a clearly visible erection. His other choice was to modify it, which he chose not to do. He explained his impetus for making the scandalous piece of art:

“I wanted apply the natural physical phenomenon to a superhero depict whats’s natural in the morning without lies and superficial-ness in a comical way.”

Sounds good to us! He can climb the trees in our forest any time. For a mid-century Japanese Batman taking it up the ass, click here. Really.

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Uriner no Ruiner – Recyle What?

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Not what we might usually think of when yellow hanky and recycle both are tags for a post! Sight seen by pal of this site C. Jacob Hale in the tiny town of Murphy’s, California. Tucked up in the Sierras, it’s where to go when you need a urinal. Which, as it turns out, we really do. Those who knew infamous gay archivist Willie Walker may know why. Mike? Others may speculate. Selavy. C’est la Guerre. Tout le Monde manges Pommes de Terre.

Crystal Dick? Really!

20120617-155013.jpgHard. Crystal. Dick. Usually a contradiction in terms, but not this time. The chandelier hangs down in its natural state, but we flipped it for effect. What? Move towards the light…closer, closer, there you are! Thanks to old pal Stafford for this one.

Heads Up! It’s Yellow Hanky Santa!

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Another seasonal tidbit from Jake Hale, who gets them at the crossroads where Leathermen meet the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. This one is via Sister Dali Do’mystique who found it “on the Internet.” Know more about it? Who gets credit for this bit of ho ho hoery? Help fill in the blanks!

Goodbye to Louie’s, Rossi’s, Marcello’s? Rising Rents may threaten Historic Castro District Small Biz Building

Castro Street. photo: Gay Highwaymen

Remarkable what you can learn in a barber’s chair. Louie’s Barbershop at 422 Castro Street has been at that address since 1932. Marcello’s Pizza, its neighbor to the north, has been there since 1978, and Rossi’s Deli has been there since…well, almost forever. Now, these familiar neighborhood haunts may be threatened. Word through the Gay-vine is that the old building has changed hands, and that the reasonable rents that have kept it stable for years are scheduled to skyrocket. Details are fuzzy, but multiple heirs and international investors are said to figure into the situation.

Small business is the heart of urban neighborhoods. Each one that gets forced out and replaced by a McBiz diminishes the soul of the place. As do empty storefronts. The international corporations and holding companies that invest in urban real estate are not invested in the well-being of residents. They buy pieces of neighborhoods for their portfolios and don’t care much about occupancy. Raise the rent by a factor of ten, then write off the vacant building. Its just good business…and there goes the neighborhood.

Hornets Nest Readymade Art. Really.

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What’s the buzz? Hornet nest on caulking board. Nest about the size of a football. 2011.

Minneapolis reflections.

When I visited Minneapolis. Minnesota earlier this week, I was struck by all of the reflective surface on the downtown skyscrapers, and the way they blended with the architecture of Minneapolis. This is a picture of one of the skyscrapers (a Wells Fargo building, I believe), reflecting an old stone church that stands next to it.
-AidanAbroad

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