[Noisebridge-discuss] We got a notice from the city to remove EClair Bandersnatch's graffiti

John Ellis neurofog at gmail.com
Sun Jan 12 19:49:50 UTC 2014

Does anyone have a photo of the specific art they are referring as
"graffiti"? Can we get a "permit" for sidewalk artwork?

If it wasn't the landlords legal "responsibility" then it might be tempting
to debate this with the city but we should minimize the burden to the

Depending on the paint, glitter and other chemicals used, would careful use
of turpentine or acetone or something else speed removal?


On Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM, Andy Isaacson <adi at hexapodia.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 04:40:16PM -0800, Al Sweigart wrote:
> > We got a notice from the city to remove the graffiti that EClair
> > Bandersnatch put on the sidewalk in front of the space. We have 30 days
> to
> > remove it and then contact the city about it. I don't know if the
> landlord
> > has found out about it. The notice is in the front desk area near the
> > membership binder, but I've uploaded it here:
> >
> > http://i.imgur.com/2XPT0g0.jpg
> That notice is legally the responsibility of the landlord, not of the
> building tenant.  We should definitely make sure they know about it, and
> arguably we as a mere tenant shouldn't have removed the notice from
> where the landlord is likely to get at it.
> Philosophically or ethically it's at least arguably Noisebridge's
> responsibility, since EClair probably wouldn't have tagged the sidewalk
> if it weren't in front of Noisebridge.
> I find it pretty offensive that the city considers sidewalk tags
> graffiti; EClair's work is part of the SF public visual dialogue that
> makes this city home to me.  Perhaps we can contract EClair for $1 for a
> sidewalk beautification project that includes an artistic component?
> -andy
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