"Manifest Destiny!" by Jenny Chapman and Mark A. Reigelman II. Photo courtesy of Cesar Rubio Photography
Ten facts about this humble, local abode:
1. It's really there!
2. You can see it at 447 Bush Street between Grant and Kearny, attached to the side of the Hotel des Arts and directly above Le Central Bistro. When you get there, stop walking, and look 3.5 stories up.
3. It's built in one of the very last unclaimed spaces in downtown San Francisco. Are you surprised they had to get creative?
4. It's made of all-vintage materials, including reclaimed siding from a 100-year-old Ohio barn.
5. Through its tea-stained linen curtains, the cabin emanates a lovely nighttime glow.
6. At 6x7x10, it's only slightly smaller than my own Mission bedroom nook (TMI?).
7. Since it's not actually intended as a living space, it's not available for a romantic Valentine's Day staycation. Sorry, procrastinators.
8. The cabin is the result of a grant through Southern Exposure's Off-site Public Art Program. If you're not familiar with this awesome local non-profit, check 'em out. (Also, SoEx Artists in Education Program Manager Aimee Shapiro was last Thursday's Found Local!)
9. Titled Manifest Destiny!, the piece was created by artists Jenny Chapman and Mark A. Reigelman II to comment on the end of the American dream (high rent, no jobs). The cabin both "evokes nostalgia for a simpler time of handmade cabins and housing for all and alludes to the current foreclosure crisis," says SoEx Associate Director Jeanne Gerrity.
10. The cabin will be installed until October, and you can hear the artists talk about their work this Saturday from 4-6 p.m. Just show up at 447 Bush Street and look for the you-know-what.