Dolores Park Aquarium / Terrarium

Hmm, graffiti or art?

I do like the koi:

The ants are OK (though the artistic merit of something I am currently battling in my kitchen is debatable.)

What the hell? Does this suck or did they get interrupted? (Also, no Sutro? get with the program.)

49 Responses to “Dolores Park Aquarium / Terrarium”

  1. Erik says:

    The koi can be found all over the place.

  2. Jon K says:

    spray painting landscaping rocks is not cool. Good luck to the city worker who tries to remove that mess.

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Never mind the rocks, how are you gonna get paint out of the rubber matting?

  3. Adam says:

    It was nice of those nameless artists to put themselves before the public and give us no choice but to admire their beautiful art, especially that last masterpiece. Of course, it’s not like they spent a lot of money to fix up the playground recently, so it was in need of improvement. Ultimately, the most important thing to keep in mind is that this is definitely NOT vandalism (the artist would be the first to tell you THAT)- it is just the defacement of a public resource for the personal aggrandizement of a self-promoting group of a-holes. But not vandalism.

  4. blech says:

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  5. Victor says:

    The stencil work actually adds something to the park. The cloud and the shitty tags (on the beautiful wood boat, no less) I’ve seen since the park opened is disappointing. I guess as long as it’s not affecting the functionality of the park (like breaking the slide or swings) the graffiti is something the kids will overlook but drive us grumbling parents crazy.

  6. MOVE OUT! says:

    Damn it we are trying to have a playground – all you damn artists move to some other area!

  7. MrEricSir says:

    I like the fish. It’s something odd yet ubiquitous, and unique to SF.

  8. manymachines says:

    We can all agree that the cloud is shit. My kid would like the koi and ants, though.

  9. Playdate says:

    Get involved, help the Friends of Dolores Park Playground monitor and report vandalism.

    Take back the park. Do not tolerate vandalism. Its your money ($3M)you are seeing go down the toilet.

    The Mission Police Station is not living up to their promise to increase vigilence in the park.

    Without YOUR help the playground is quickly becoming a dump just like the rest of playgrounds in the City.

    • GG says:

      YES. The money to build this playground is all going DOWN THE TOILET because there were some koi painted on it. THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!

  10. brov says:

    lame vandalism posing as art – oh, so whimsical.

    sick of those fish everywhere

  11. Laurie says:

    Love the art. Glad there’s a nicer playground than the one before, but it doesn’t blend into the park very well – “The Playground that Ate Dolores Park, as someone put it. The clever art brings a lighter touch to it all.

  12. Laurie says:

    Cloud thing could have been better though.

  13. ruby says:

    i caught the koi guy “stenciling” on my sidewalk. politely asked him to stop, he said no. he said it is art, NOT graffiti.
    plural of graffito.
    ( used with a plural verb ) markings, as initials, slogans, or drawings, written, spray-painted, or sketched on a sidewalk, wall of a building or public restroom, or the like: These graffiti are evidence of the neighborhood’s decline.

    i asked if he was a homeowner on the quaint block (ramona ave in the mission) where i own a flat. he said no, he wanted to “stencil” to impress a guy he liked that lived on the block. again, i asked him if he would refrain, as graffiti begets more graffiti, and we really didn’t want our street tagged, as it is now really clean. he still said no. and mentioned that his stuff was ART, that he is “famous” and i shouldn’t worry about it. that is really what he said. charming AND humble. i do love street art, it is one thing to have it on a public wall or a designated street. a tag-less charming residential block is another thing. a cloy koi fish forced upon us and being banksy are miles apart, sorry dude.

  14. Mr. Blackwell says:

    I had no objection to the koi when they were just here and there on those ugly ass sidewalk grates.

    But it’s getting out of control now.

  15. An Artist says:

    My dog crapping on my neighbor’s patio – art?

    Yes! I just said so.

    It sure brings a sense of wonder and whimsy to my neighbor’s boring gray concrete by making use of a nontraditional medium, canine fecal material, in a recontextualized space.

    Bourgeois notions of order are thus challenged while celebrating the liberating potential of piles of dogshit. Take that, squares – it’s art.

  16. Ciaran says:

    That cloud – maybe practice a little more before sharing your art with the world?

  17. NorthMission says:

    FWIW, my kid and friends love the new koi stars moon ants art in the playground, they ran around squealing every time they found them

  18. wizzer says:

    This is vandalism pure and simple. And thanks in no small part to ALL of the bloggers/commenters in past articles who extol the virtues urban graffiti as


    Any anonymous painting/marking of public or private property is disgusting and purely the work of selfish lunks.

    • Mr. Blackwell says:

      It’s not an either/or proposition. Something can be vandalism AND art. Just because something is illegal (and should clearly be discouraged by society) doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it, hate it, be inspired by it, discuss its merits on the internet, etc., just like any other art.

    • rod says:

      quick art lesson: if you have to argue that something is not art, you are affirming just the opposite.

  19. No fish today says:

    Cloud rock had some potential but instead looks like the artist was five deep that night.

  20. No fish today says:

    Also, those rocks are just aching to meet some kid’s front teeth.

  21. Marina Girl says:

    The Mission needs fewer artists what we need are more Marina Girls!!

  22. Beau D. says:

    not worth breath. or if we do care so much about the aesthetics of our cityscape, where is the public outcry against all the tacky-ass ads plastered everywhere? if you have money and access to the appropriate legal channels to plaster your garish shit everywhere you get a pass? shoot me.

    • eve says:

      Fuck sakes Thank you.If i have enough money I can put my art above your building put spot lights on it and have them on 24/7.If “property owners” (little brothers to “tax payer”)cared sooo much about somebody’s art fucking up “their’ park and hood,but the same taxpayers can’t even be inspired to pick up their own dog shit,trash after trash day blah blah blah.I not from here but i am cool and not old and i asked the guy to stop something outside my house that i own and he wouldn’t stop wahhhhhhhhhhhh!!

    • new says:

      agreed. simple case of having huge amounts of money = i can impose my visual images on you, relentlessly, and you cant do anything about it. and buy more of my product, so i can be richer.

      people getting bent out of shape about some spraypaint on a playground really need to step back and look at the world around them.

  23. Ash says:

    My suggestion is go ask the children what they think about the ants, clouds and koi. It’s art. Kids need art.

    • wizzer says:

      You’re crazy. Don’t you know graffiti and public vandalism when you see it?

      Asking kids about this graffiti is like asking them if they see the image of Jesus in a pile of dog shit.

      You probably would.

  24. Adrian jones says:

    The kids like it. The parents like it. Beyond that it’s pointless to criticize.

    Airing your opinions about graffiti versus art where most people are simply to young to understand the principals is just silly. Are we doing them a great disservice by giving the sidewalk chalk?

    Really, being a father of a little boy, I would have hoped the private citizens who built the playground would have paid him to do it.

    Guy with clean block, really, don’t worry. Tags do attract tags. But that is not what a tag is in this sense. Look out for what appears to be an illegible name with little symbols around it. That’s a gang tag. I doubt in your nieghboorhood you will ever see one. Also look out for people writing their opinions and jokes. That attracts everything bad like the broken window principal. But, koi on the sidewalk, doesn’t do anything like this.