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Muro de los Muertos, Bocadillo del Pal, Potrero del Sol

May 8, 2009

On the way to lunch at Pal’s, I noticed there’s a huge paper stencil replete with about two dozen skulls on the Hampshire wall of Tony’s Market.

UPDATE: Mission Local reported on this way back in September  — it’s like that it’s by ‘Swoon’, a Brooklyn artist, to commemorate a woman from Mexico who was killed.

Kassa, the owner of a convenience store on the southwest corner of Hampshire and 24th streets, said it was at least five months ago–but certainly after Christmas–that a young woman and man appeared at his door and asked to use his store’s eastern brick wall. “She told me she was a visiting artist from New York and she wanted to put up a piece to memorialize a girl from Mexico who was killed”….The artist showed an almost identical piece last spring at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Behold the árbol de cráneo.

skull tree

UPDATE: Here’s a shot of the woman before it was defaced:

As far as I can tell it’s cut from about six sheets of paper. No two skulls are alike.


“Dude!”  “Dude.”

skull talkin

Clockwise close-ups.

slow skulls

But art has a price.  While I was taking these, Pal’s ran out of the lamb AND chicken.  The asparagus/egg was pretty damn tasty though, and the asparagus season is just about over so it probably worked out for the best.


I rode over to Potrero del Sol and watched the Mission’s finest at work while eating my finely crafted sandwich.


skater red

Then Anthony’s Cookies on the way home. All in all, a pretty damn good lunch.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 18th at Harrison permalink
    May 8, 2009 8:21 pm

    My friend, that is a beautiful little installment. And I think you made good on the sandwich.


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