The various panels formed
(see postscript below) a massive work of art
that transcended many of the concepts of the gallery and
the art world. For one thing, the whole was comprised
of many who poured out their talents in such a way as
to form a dancing serpentine unity. Most of the photos
in this section reflect the work of several individuals.
The other thing I appreciated
about the Scrapyard works is that they were continually
being renewed through repainting. This sometimes led to
tensions, I'm surebut all in all, the Whole continued
to live vibrantly and to pulse with change. I'm told that
there were hundreds of layers of art on the various surfaces
of the project. This was a collective piece that worked
since at least 1999 when a young man named Justin negotiated
permission to paint with the owner of the Al Stack Auto
yard. This agreement provided an open minded space for
erupting art from a new generation.
Sometime around 11-20-04 the long running saga of the
Scrapyard Wall took a less than positive turn when
an group of Boy Scouts were directed to white out the
dazzling display of art as it was reaching a creative
zenith. Personally, I feel this was a tremendous mistake.
Quick hit and run tagging has since spread throughout
the town in an increasingly chaotic manner. This situation
is similar to the closing down of the "Psycho City"
section off Market Street in San Francisco August 27,
1995 which created similar results for San Francisco.
The history of graffiti writing
in San Francisco is now told in vivid detail in an
exciting new film called Piece
by Piece. This film by Nic Hill is detailed, authentic
and chock full of of rich graphics and interviews. To
learn more and order the film go to http://www.piecebypiecemovie.com
© Scott Hess