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Culture, The Exhibitionist $5M of Weaponized Tackiness: Super Bowl City Is a Depressing Bore

$5M of Weaponized Tackiness: Super Bowl City Is a Depressing Bore

I went to Super Bowl City, and it's absolutely terrible. It's a boring, badly planned surveillance state by and for people with shitty taste that manages to be as crassly commercial as a mall with lackluster foot traffic without…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Interview: Leo Villareal's Bay Lights Returns Tomorrow

Interview: Leo Villareal's Bay Lights Returns Tomorrow

On Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:25 p.m., Leo Villareal’s enormous work of public art, The Bay Lights, will resume its campaign of getting people to pay closer attention to the Bay Area’s second-favorite suspension bridge. Initially a two-year project,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SFO Unveils Massive Mosaic As Part Of Ongoing Public Art Project

SFO Unveils Massive Mosaic As Part Of Ongoing Public Art Project

“It’s a straight line and a curved line,” says San Francisco artist Amy Ellingson. She’s pointing to a 109-foot length of wall in San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 3, where her massive, 1,100-square foot mosaic mural, Untitled (Large Variation) ceremoniously watches…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sculpture Lights up YBCA, Lets You Send Secrets Messages

Sculpture Lights up YBCA, Lets You Send Secrets Messages

In our high-tech society, star-crossed lovers, business colleagues and bored teenagers everywhere are finding new ways to communicate. No longer satisfied with analog methods, now we can send each other much shorter messages using digital means. That’s nothing new…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Free Leonard: The Story Behind the Bay Area's Famous Sign

Free Leonard: The Story Behind the Bay Area's Famous Sign

We’ve all seen the bright red “Free Leonard” signs while driving through the East Bay – they’re impossible to miss. The signs, typically lacking any information beyond “Free Leonard,” are a staple along Bay Area roads and have been…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Mural that Brought a Community Together

The Mural that Brought a Community Together

When Galería de la Raza began its Digital Mural project in 2007, it encouraged artists to take on strong political messages. The project was equally advocating for the use of digital tools in public artworks and the expression of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Artist Qinmin Liu Painted a 328-Foot-Long Line of Code at Twitter

Artist Qinmin Liu Painted a 328-Foot-Long Line of Code at Twitter

Qinmin Liu, the biting Dadaist artist known for trading her kidneys for Apple watches and walking across San Francisco in the hopes of establishing some interpersonal connection, is back. Her Coding Project is a roundabout attempt to address the inequities…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Coit Tower Murals Reveal Best View of SF Life

Tourism for Locals: Coit Tower Murals Reveal Best View of SF Life

Coit Tower has taken on a royal blue hue in the last few days with the Golden State Warriors leading in Pacific Division championships against the Memphis Grizzlies of the 2015 NBA playoffs. Yet whether they hang on to their…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: LeRoy King Carousel Takes Locals for a Spin

Tourism for Locals: LeRoy King Carousel Takes Locals for a Spin

No matter how old we get, San Franciscans will never stop being kids at heart —even when we get jaded and bitter from the rise of the cost of living. We're a city fostered in the spirit of youthful…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's <i>The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City</i>

Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City

San Francisco is home to many of the finest artists of the 20th century and the new millennium, whose works foster artistic rebellion and social critique. The City has played host to one of the greatest modernist painters of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: William McKinley Monument Stands as Local Legacy of San Francisco-Born Sculptor

Tourism For Locals: William McKinley Monument Stands as Local Legacy of San Francisco-Born Sculptor

As much as we love our local history, San Francisco seems to love erecting monuments to the most important and random of achievements and individuals. Some are warranted, like the alley that inspired the birth of the hard-boiled detective…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: Dance Into the New Year and Visit the Treasure Island Dancing Lady Statue

Tourism For Locals: Dance Into the New Year and Visit the Treasure Island Dancing Lady Statue

We slid into the new year, and now we're going to dance — this week's Tourism for Locals brings you to Marco Cochrane's "Bliss Dance." More commonly referred to as the “dancing lady statue,” the 40-foot statue debuted at Burning Man…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: Slide Into the New Year at the Seward Street Slides

Tourism For Locals: Slide Into the New Year at the Seward Street Slides

We're on the cusp of 2015, and while you may have several hopes and a few resolutions for the new chapter with 365 blank pages, there's one we think everyone should try to embrace in the new year —…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: Camera Obscura Provides a 360 Degree View of the Coast

Tourism For Locals: Camera Obscura Provides a 360 Degree View of the Coast

San Franciscans are surrounded by 360 degrees of beautiful views. Yet, some of us still take the beauty of the City for granted at times, forgetting to look up from our phones and remind ourselves that we, us lucky…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: Brian Goggin's <i>Caruso's Dream</i> is a Suspended Musical Delight

Tourism For Locals: Brian Goggin's Caruso's Dream is a Suspended Musical Delight

Brian Goggin is San Francisco's artistic gift that keeps on giving. Goggin's art is iconic, internationally recognized, and purely San Franciscan. The San Francisco-based artist fuses his high-flying pieces, ranging from flapping books to fleeing furniture with existing edifices and structures,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: 555 Mission Street Sculpture Garden is a FiDi Eden

Tourism for Locals: 555 Mission Street Sculpture Garden is a FiDi Eden

San Francisco's Financial District looms over the City — it's a densely built urban network of high-rise office buildings, busy streets, and narrow sidewalks overrun with those donning suits or fannypacks. However, hidden in this grid of grey concrete…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: Cayuga Playground's Creative Wood Sculpture Garden

Tourism For Locals: Cayuga Playground's Creative Wood Sculpture Garden

Every week, we are consistently reminded that San Francisco is or was the home of innovative and/or artsy individuals, and Tourism for Locals is yet another reminder. But this week, we're going to take a risk and say this:…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Andy Goldsworthy <i>Spire</i> Is a Natural (Art) Wonder

Tourism for Locals: Andy Goldsworthy Spire Is a Natural (Art) Wonder

Every major city in the world has some sort of nickname attached to it to characterizes its aura. Paris is the City of Love and Lights. New York is the City that never Sleeps. And while San Francisco is…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Getting Lost at The Lands End Labyrinth

Tourism for Locals: Getting Lost at The Lands End Labyrinth

Let's be honest with ourselves for a moment. Even as faithful residents of the Greatest City on the Globe, we really don't explore all the enclaves hidden in our seven-mile-by-seven-mile neighborhood. Our demanding schedules and hectic lives can distract…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Five: SF Mime Troupe Take on Tech Boom With "Ripple Effect", Close Season

Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Five: SF Mime Troupe Take on Tech Boom With "Ripple Effect", Close Season

By now you’re probably as burned out on Burning Man as the Burners at la playa. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t stick it out til the end, right? And what better way to spend those last few…
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