October 18, 2021

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See the Tenderloin’s pothole artist’s to start with museum present and are living resin

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Artist Rik Lee Leipold is celebrating their initial museum exhibit, and will host an artist speak and stay resin casting of a pothole outdoors of the Tenderloin Museum on Saturday, June 12, 2021.

The clearly show, Trolls & Potholes, is presently on exhibit within the museum, and most of Leipold’s operate exists in sidewalks throughout the community. More than the previous five several years, Leipold has been setting up found and gathered objects encased in resin in sidewalk potholes, most not too long ago by their Resin In Pavement project.

The Tenderloin Museum exhibit functions a steel-cut map and a selection of take-absent postcards that emphasize the area of certain potholes, small epoxy blocks with impressions from Tenderloin sidewalks, and various larger epoxy headstones that commemorate dropped firms and illustrate neighborhood concerns.

Artist Rik Lee Leipold made the metal map that illustrates their pothole installations in the course of the Tenderloin.


“The potholes doc my identified objects,” Leipold reported. “These [epoxy] pieces are much more agent of the street.” The epoxy pieces are molded with sidewalk impressions, and numerous have been formed into headstones to commemorate closed neighborhood businesses, these as The Gangway, which was the city’s oldest and longest-running LGBTQ bar just before it shut in early 2018, and Deco Lounge — which was in the space now occuped by Emperor Norton’s Boozeland. 

“Headstones” for Deco Lounge and the Gangway include ephemera from the bars’ functioning times


Other headstones represent the stark challenges the neighborhood faces right now.

“One, for occasion, is a headstone with a bunch of syringes in it,” Leipold mentioned. It is meant to highlight the ongoing drug dealing disaster in the community and the potential risks Tenderloin people facial area linked to it.

Epoxy headstone with syringes, by Rik Lee Leipold, on display screen at the Tenderloin Museum.


Leipold started producing the epoxy items throughout 2020, when they, like all of us, have been pressured to changeover to mostly operating at dwelling. They’ve also been performing on identifying strategies to make the sidewalk resin installations past for a longer period. Sidewalk repairs generally end result in a entire decline of the resin pothole pieces. Leipold explained to us they’ve begun operating in metal recently, at a place in Oakland, which led to the concept of building a metal-slice map of the Tenderloin for the museum installation. They are also setting up steel pieces in some of the potholes now, and provided numerous hand slash-steel items in the epoxy blocks and headstones currently on show at the museum.

The epoxy blocks in Trolls & Potholes consist of discovered goods and metallic perform crafted by Leipold


Leipold has a short while ago been partnering with other neighborhood artists, like graphic novelist and Metropolis Higher education trend teacher Diego Gómez, whose holographic Pleasure stickers are featured in a lot of of the potholes installed as a result of their Resin In Pavement project. Tenderloin artist Kelsey Kolberg also contributed quite a few of the Deco Lounge ephemera, these as the authentic consume tokens, that are involved in the epoxy headstone, Leipold claimed. 

On June 12, starting at 2:30 p.m., Leipold will host an artist discuss outside of the Tenderloin Museum, and attendees will be able to view a stay pothole resin set up. Leipold expects to fill a pothole outside the house of the museum. Registration for the event is donation-primarily based, but necessary to keep a compact group sizing. Immediately after visiting the museum, you can use the postcards from Trolls & Potholes to obtain all of Leipold’s installations during the neighborhood.

Also on Saturday, Larkin Road will be closed to car or truck traffic for the Tenderloin’s very first out of doors arts fair, Holiday SF will host a vintage “flea current market,” and Fleet Wood will be hosting its first in-particular person artwork demonstrate in its retailer at 839 Larkin St. due to the fact the pandemic.

If you miss out on Saturday’s artist discuss and resin casting, you can continue to see Trolls & Potholes at the Tenderloin Museum via July 3.

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