I've recently visited the Maritime Museum in San Francisco a couple of times. My attention has been focused on the beautiful murals and mosaics there, but among the displays is a charred rudder fragment from the Niantic, a ship turned into a hotel that burned in the Great Fire of 1851. This piece was pulled from the mud in 1978. Unintended art.
On a walk in San Francisco recently, I came across a very photogenic wooden wall covered with flyers and other material. I took many photographs of it. This photo features a red X and a purple circle. The board itself appears to have been painted in a black and white checkerboard pattern. Unintended art, serendipitous art.
Another X to contemplate. I found this colorful X on the floor of Serendipity Cards and Gifts (appropriately enough) at 803 Valencia St., in San Francisco. The woman in the store thought me a bit strange for asking her about the floor. She didn't know if it had been designed to look the way it was, or if the colored marks had worn through from a layer below the mostly blue paint now on the floor. She seems never to have thought much about the floor at all, but it was full of pictures. More to come.
I don't know the meaning of this mark I found along a curb in San Francisco recently, but I liked the blue, the white circle, and the X inscribed inside it. Or, perhaps the circle was painted around the X. Whatever the reason for the existence of this little composition, it looked like art to me. Unintended art, serendipitous art.
Tree shadows on a corrugated metal wall created this composition I found on a walk to the post office in Healdsburg, California. I liked the patched spot and the covered graffiti on the wall overlaid by the shadows--an element that will come and go with the sun. Serendipitous art, unintended art.
I saw this composition on the flue above an old stove at the home of local potter John Chambers. It's interested me before on visits during open studio events. Recently I got a satisfying photograph of it. Unintended art.
I noticed this chalk drawing on the sidewalk in front of a friend's house recently. It was made by the children of the house--part of what game or ritual, I do not know, but it looked like art to me. Unintended art, Serendipitous Art.
The stairs at one of Healdsburg's better galleries interest me because they are made partly of wood, partly of metal, and the railings cast interesting shadows on the steps. I recently saw these shadows. Serendipitous art, unintended art.
The most mundane of things, when seen from the right angle and in the right light, can be visually arresting. This is an outdoor barbecue grill at MacKerricher State Park, in Fort Bragg, California. Unintended art, Serendipitous art.
I found this beautiful copper door in San Francisco not long ago, along market street. I love the pale stain against the patina and the letters scratched into the stained area. Unintended art, serendipitous art.
First unintentional art of the new year. I liked the rich green of the lichen (if it's lichen) growing on this tree and the way the shadows played over the scarred surface of the tree trunk. Found art.
The trees planted along the sidewalk on San Francisco's Market St. near the Contemporary Jewish Museum are strangely beautiful. Near the ground they look fleshy and as if straining against the metal gratings that surround them. Found art.
Crossing Market St. in San Francisco on the weekend, I saw a yellow disc with "ears" painted on the street--a marking I've never encountered before. I have no idea what it means, but it looked like art to me. Found art.
The handicapped parking spaces in front of San Francisco's Legion of Honor have recently been erased and then repainted in slightly different locations. The old markings were removed by scraping away the surface of the street--making for some interesting patterns.
The drywall in my mother's garage was "mudded" when new, but it was never painted. The places where screws have been covered show as white dots. The seams show as white lines. Flat areas of mud are a chalky white. Uncovered board is the color of a paper bag. Pencil marks add to the composition. Found art.
A trailer with holes in its bed. Parked on a street in Graton, California. I'm not sure what this vehicle is designed for, but the holes and their shadows on the street below looked like art to me. Found art.