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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Guerrero Market Owner Truly Pissed Off at Vandal Who Defaced Seurat-Inspired Mural

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As you may have read elsewhere on the Internet, the large and awe-inspiring mural gracing the side of Guerrero Market on 19th and Guerrero was last week defaced by someone who felt the need to add his or her child-like scribbles to a painstakingly rendered work of art.

SF Weekly in May caught artist Daniel Doherty putting the finishing touches on "Sunday Afternoon in Dolores Park," a beautiful and impressive homage to Georges Seurat's 1884 masterpiece Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Maddeningly, it's likely that Doherty does not yet know that his mural has been defaced; Guerrero Market owner Sam Malak told us that the artist is on a months-long trip to Europe and no one has been able to pass him the message yet.

Malak, however, has a message for the vandal or vandals: "You shouldn't mess with somebody else's art."   
 

The act of vandalism came only two months after Doherty put his final dot on the pointillism piece. When asked if he was anticipating this, Malak said "I thought people would respect murals.

"All my neighbors are very pissed off, very mad," the store-owner continued. "That mural changed the whole neighborhood. It made the whole neighborhood different. It was the only mural in San Francisco that looked like that." Malak then added, "I paid for that mural to be there. That wasn't done for free."

Doherty is expected to return to San Francisco in early September. Hopefully no other miscreants will feel the need to ruin his work in the interrim.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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