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Best Housing Metaphor San Francisco 2013 - Golden Gate Park's Tiny Door-in-a-Tree

Golden Gate Park\'s Tiny Door-in-a-Tree

Golden Gate Park's Tiny Door-in-a-Tree

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San Francisco, CA 94121


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Spring revealed yet another of life's mysteries as a mysterious, tiny door, expertly crafted, appeared in a tree in Golden Gate Park's Concourse. Whether art project or public statement or another sad escapee from UCSF's Super-Intelligent Squirrel Development Lab, the door attracted national attention before it got filled with trash, at which point the city intervened, citing (as always) some permitting thing. Officials removed the door, which caused a public outcry. The city then re-installed another door, this one far inferior in craftsmanship, which means that most likely the mysterious little portal is now marking the city's continuing weirdness on some Rec and Park desk.

Photo by Erica Reh,

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I am also astonished at this craftsmanship. How dexterously it was done! It reminds me a verse from the poem “Leisure” by William Davies that

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

Thanks to the public who made it possible to re-install the door.



The deYoung Museum recently placed a notebook in the door for people to leave their messages to the faeries.  These and the faeries' answers get posted at   In the meantime, we are working on a new home for the faeries, with the Rec & Park Dept.'s OK. - T. Powell 

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