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Rush Hour 2.0: 1125 Market St. 

Wednesday, May 28 2014

In November of 2012, three of the Bay Area's most notable street artists — Cannon Dill, Zio Ziegler, and Feral Child — collaborated on a lengthy wall that fronted a mid-Market building project. The resulting work, Rush Hour, was clever and enthralling, showing a black-and-white wolf with human hands (Dill's work) sneaking away from a heavily tattooed black-and-white figure (Ziegler's work) amid colorful, odd abstract shapes (Child's work). That Rush Hour held up for as long as it did, without major tagging and erosion, was a testament to the trio's handiwork. But erode it did — at least enough that Dill, Ziegler, and Child have now redone their piece. "We decided," Dill says, "to update the wall because it had been pretty much destroyed."

The new Rush Hour is even more clever and enthralling. Dill's wolf is now on its back, its left hand crossing its fingers for good luck, a sly grin on its face. Ziegler's tattooed figure is denser than ever, its limbs wrapped around itself like a tangled Houdini. Both creatures are now brown and black. Child, meanwhile, has replaced his abstract shapes with a kind of brain/lava lamp that's emitting colorful energy waves to both figures. (Child has also replaced his signature on the wall, using his given name, Brett Flanigan.)

If that weren't enough, Rush Hour has now been joined by a next-door street work at 1127 Market St. that features an assemblage of striking images, including a young man's face done by the Spanish street artist Aryz. The wide-eyed young man is staring toward the direction of Dill's wolf, essentially making Aryz's wall a connecting work to Rush Hour. The wall at 1127 Market St. fronts the future home of ACT's The Strand, a theater that is almost 100 years old and being rebuilt from its last days as a dilapidated porno venue. The theater is expected to open in January 2015. 1125 Market St. is home to a future apartment building, which will open sometime after The Strand does. Rush Hour's redo, then, should be good for at least nine months. After that, who knows what Dill, Ziegler, and Child will do for another encore. JC

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