san-francisco

Bonnie Sherk and Howard Levine

James Lick Freeway, Maiden Lane, Mission Street

In San Francisco, but outside its museums and galleries, there was a most unusual traveling exhibition, entitled “Portable Park Project 1-3,” in which turf, palm trees, and livestock were set down for brief periods at three unlikely places. The first portable park was installed on a dead-end portion of the James Lick Freeway. Twenty-four hours later the turf was rolled up and the park reinstalled at a freeway off-ramp not far away. This time passersby could stop without danger, and many ate lunch at the park’s picnic tables.

After 24 hours in this location, the park was removed for a two-day stand in Maiden Lane between Stockton Street and Grant Avenue, a fashionable shopping area. Clucking chickens and lowing kine, which had been exotic enough for the other two locations, were apparently not enough for Maiden Lane; the San Francisco Zoo contributed a llama and other non-domestic live-stock.

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