For weeks Sue had been posting messages
to Facebook about the upcoming Peak Oil Art Show in Ross Mirkarimi's
office. The first reaction I had was "I want to go to that." My second
was "I bet I could make something that would fit in there." To make a
long story short, I figured something out and submitted. Then I went to
the event. It was a large crowd for Ross's office. Even the hall
outside was crowded. I spent most of my time there schmoozing and
looking at art, but I did take some pictures.
That Oil Age poster behind Marc is very
famous among peak oil activists. Variations on it have been around for
many years, but that poster is the most authoritative and complete
version of the thing I know about. It's so good that when I first saw
the thing I spent something like an hour looking at the thing. Those
dense text blocks are well written. Then I
got two copies, one to post on my wall and one to give away if I ever
found a good home for it. If you really want it, email me with an
address and what you'll do with it. Best story wins!
What I remember of Ross's speech boiled
down to "thanks for coming, and thanks for watching the dancers." Then
he gave the dancers tokens of his appreciation. I missed the dancing
and most of his talk
because I was in the other room talking to somebody when it started,
and the crowd was way too thick to go through quickly.
The woman from SF Environment was
giving out these great shopping bags. The only catch was that to get
one you had to promise to use it at least 120 times. That was the
"break even point" for the city between the investment to make the bags
(using scrap cloth and legal San Francisco labor) and the investment
they would have had to make in disposing of your trashed bags. So far
I've used mine once (as of Thursday Dec. 16th) and it worked great.
Because of that, if you want
to talk me out of it you only have to promise to use it 119 times.
Gotta make good on the promise somehow!
Sue (blue sweater) was the curator of the art show on this page. Jean
(holding red coat) is the leader of the Peak Oil Task Force. It turned
out that the Peak Oil Task Force final report was due to be presented
to the Supervisors the following Monday, which made having the peak oil
art show now a good way to get the discussion moving in the corridors
of City Hall.
The guy with the camera strap said his
pictures of the event would be on Flickr under "Idea Man".
I remember when Erica and Jean-Marc were dating. Now they have two kids
that are growing up fast!
There were some other pieces of art,
but they were in spots that were hard for me to get near so I didn't
capture them. Things like the sinister blue and grey one by the Gay
Abstract Artist behind the woman who was pouring wine. We kept her busy!
I took this picture of city hall on my
It's amazing how much Christmas a few red and green filters add to the