What’s most interesting about the public art project conceived and set up by Kelly Ording and Jetro Martinez at 3135 24th St. are the questions people ask. They make you wonder about people’s lives and imagine who is asking them.

As part of the Arts in Storefront project, the artists transformed the front of an old auto-repair shop into a free fortune-telling business.

Martinez told Nancy López that the street used to have plenty of fortune tellers. For now, Ms. Terioso is one of the few. She leaves cards outside the storefront for anyone to ask a question. A mailbox slot hangs nearby. One week later, the answers appear in the window. Who is Ms. Terioso? Fill out a card and ask.

While you’re on the block, also catch project at 2782 24th St. by Tahiti Pehrson and at 2929 24th St. By Abner Nolan.

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