Saturday, October 3, 2009

St. Paulus Garden: Work Day #1 - Painting

This is what the lot looked like before our work day.

The day began with a trip to the San Francisco Dump & Recycling Center where we picked up a carload of items for our garden, included 8 cans of paint. Because paint is considered hazardous waste, it has to be disposed of properly. The Dump mixes the paints together and gives them away for free to anyone who wants. You can get white, green or gray.

First we used rollers to cover up rusty poles and graffiti.


Some of the graffiti we liked, so we kept it and painted around it so it would blend in with the rest of our work. Then, I used spray paint to create art that looked similar to it, so it would look uniform. We didn't have any white spray paint so I made a figure out of a name someone had put on the wall.

Here someone had painted ACT. Since we were creating an outdoor sanctuary it made sense to to make it into SANCTUARY. In the picture above, you can see that we are painting over other graffiti.
As the sun lowered, we took a final picture of our work for the day. Three people were able to paint half the space in 5 hours. In the process, we had at least 15 members of the community who were excited about our project and offered to help.

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