Operation Restore Defenestration

An artwork central to the culture of San Francisco, whose crew have been active and important participants in the art of Burning Man since the beginning. Here’s Defenestration:

Defenestration, by Brian Goggin. San Francisco CA.
Fundraiser and Solo Show by Brian Goggin
Opening Reception: Friday March 5th, 2010 6-10 pm 1:AM Gallery 1000 Howard Street

How many times have you driven by Howard & 6th Streets and looked up at the seemingly animated furniture, tables, chairs, lamps, grandfather clocks, couches, their bodies bent like centipedes, grasping the ledges, hanging off the roof and climbing out of windows like escapees? Have you wondered who put them there? In 1997 with an NEA grant and over 100 volunteers it was Brian Goggin who created this site-specific sculptural mural called Defenestration. While expected to be up for only a year, those tables, chairs, lamps, clocks, and couches have weathered the elements for nearly thirteen and have fallen into unfortunate disrepair.

Operation Restore Defenestration needs $75,000 to repair the artwork making it again safe and beautiful during the day, and vibrant and illuminated at night. Brian Goggin has already begun working with a structural engineer, volunteers and assistants to return “Defenestration” to its original magnificence.¬† But they need your help. The restoration is a fiscally sponsored project of The Black Rock Arts Foundation where donors can make tax-deductible gifts or sponsor the restoration of an individual piece of furniture at www.defenestration.org. Your donation of $500 or more will be honored with your name on a commemorative plaque mounted on the Defenestration building and you will be awarded a certificate of sponsorship.

Operation Restore Defenestration will bring back a welcomed visual to the neighborhood where locals and visitors flock to this playful destination. With your support you can help put the magic back into this beacon that brightens its surroundings and is so deeply loved by the community.

I hope you will join me in revitalizing this unique San Francisco landmark. Come meet the artist, see the sculptural mural and learn more about the restoration project at the opening reception on March 5th, 6-10 pm at 1:AM Gallery, 1000 Howard Street, San Francisco. There will be a variety of prints, sculptural chairs and “Defenestration” memorabilia for sale. The show runs through April 2nd. For more information and to donate online please visit¬† www.defenestration.org.
Thank you in advance for your support!

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