ON THE OUTSIDE LOCKING IN…

Here’s a sort of gang memorial of lock ephemera on Market Street, San Francisco, North, as one is about to trek up Van Ness Avenue. I am literally on the outside looking in. Doubtless any one who has had more exposure to this part of our culture could provide relevant information, especially as to the significance of those that have been painted or tagged. Somehow or another, the combination of textures & materials mean something greater on a symbolic level to those who placed them where they are. The chain link fence on Market Street, which is supposed to be a world-class street in a world-class city, provides a rather huge & disturbing visual dichotomy to this concept. Adding the padlocks to this type of fence somehow underscores the notion that all is not well in this West Coast world of digital wealth. In its own way, it is a work of art, reflecting something very important that is being overlooked, and City Hall is a very short distance away. One of the ironies of symbolism is that it can be in your face, without actually being seen. The code is right before our eyes, encrypted, and we don’t get it.

On the outside, locking in-various security devises, each with its own secret.

On the outside, locking in-various security devises, each with its own secret.

Alpha-numeric, very basic security these days.

Alpha-numeric, very basic security these days.

Master Lock painted green.

Green machine, keeping us out or in?

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