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The telephone pole behind Three Dog BakeryI have, many times, played a game with friends where one of us will call out a location or a business and the challenge is to site the business that was there before or relate some kind of history about it.  For example…the Kragen Auto Parts used to be…?  Well…?  A used car lot, I know because my grandfather Cliff, worked there.  What about the Shoreline Café on Del Mar Avenue with Santa Barbara?…The First Interstate Bank.  What about El Camino Market?…A trick question, it’s always been El Camino Market; I think Abe Lincoln bought milk for his cereal there and I should know, we went to Concordia Elementary together.  Well not really, but you get the idea.

 

So here’s what I’m getting at…about a month ago, I was talking with a friend on Del Mar, by the Sun Post News office and I leaned against the telephone pole that is there at the alley.  We were talking about this and that when I noticed a somewhat un-official placard attached to the pole at eye level.  I pointed it out and we kept talking.  No big deal and nothing a surf apparel sticker won’t smother in another week or two.

 

“…I think Abe Lincoln bought milk for his cereal there and I should know, we went to Concordia Elementary together…”

 

 

 The telephone pole behind Antoine\'s Cafe.

About a week ago I was talking to another friend just below the Starbucks and noticed a similar type placard attached to the telephone pole at the alley below.  We pondered it for a moment before continuing on about the price of gasoline and suggestions on how to get better mileage.  Even the price of a gallon of gas could not pull me away from wondering about these little signs.

 

 

 

 

 “…Even the price of a gallon of gas could not pull me away from wondering about these little signs…”

 

 

The telephone pole at the top of Del Mar.

 

I went back today after work and walked the alley in between to find two more of the same thing, for a total of four.  They are all about the same size at 8 inches wide and 5 inches tall.  They are all meticulously nailed to the poles and at eye level.  They appear to be a cutout from the old photo emulsion metal plates for printing except that you can read the two that have writing. 

 

“…We pondered it for a moment before continuing on about the price of gasoline…”

 

 

 

The telephone pole below Starbucks in the alley.If you have ever been thru the drive thru at Pedro’s Taco’s or had the pole position at any stoplight turning left, you have seen the varied and aggressive surf stickers vainly announcing the next Ocean Pacific or O’Neil.  This is different.  It’s art.  It’s pole art.  If I thought about it more I could come up with a great name and get my 15 minutes.  What I really want to know is what it’s all about.

 

Is it a game, like those poster sized images that are always stuck along some impossible place on the freeway?  Is it a new artist, trying to attack the established method of galleried self promotion?  Is it the middle of some message that will end in someone saying “I do” or worse…”I gotta go…” 

 

 

 

I have no idea but I find myself checking out every telephone pole I come across.

 

 

 

Street Art Links:

 http://www.joyengine.com/

http://www.woostercollective.com/

http://ffffound.com/

 

 
 
 

 

 

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