Some 300 residents chalked it up on Valencia between 16th and 20th Streets for the second night in a row on Saturday, participating in a guerrilla art project orchestrated by a 36-year-old unemployed techie who described himself in an e-mail as “just a guy, as Zaphod said in The Hitchhiker’s Guide.”
When reporters for Mission Loc@l left at around 2 a.m. Sunday to edit the video, the chalking was still going on.
Michael Bruton started his chalk project earlier this month at the public posts unveiled on Valencia by providing pedestrians with all the equipment they needed to make original posts.
“Most of the poetry/stories and initial non-commercial art was mine as well as the daily update,” he wrote in an e-mail.
Putting out the chalk and paper near the posts by Michael Arcega was Bruton’s way to keep the posts open for dialogue instead of a place to put up fliers already on the block in five other places, he wrote.
The sidewalk chalk posts became a derivative of Arcega’s post project.
On Friday night, pedestrians chalked it up until around 2 a.m. with the 700 pieces of chalk. Bruton said he just kept moving the chalk around to different places.
Stay tuned for Bruton’s next outing.
For more on Bruton’s philosophy, click here.