San Francisco artist Brian Goggin is facing a tough dilemma: Either raise the $75,000 to restore the iconic furniture dancing on the walls of the above derelict building at Sixth and Howard, or see all his work torn down. You can help.
Defenestration, a word which literally means throwing things or people out a window, has added an ounce of levity to the gritty Sixth Street corridor on the defunct Hugo Hotel since the '90s. Goggin recycled discarded furniture into a dynamic installation: Clocks, bathtubs, and couches threaten to bail out the window. A chair prances along the wall. SF Weekly wrote about the piece's premiere back in 1997, when firemen responded to a call about a chest of drawers seeming to fall out the window and hacked it to the ground with 17 axe-swipes.
Though the art made made the building arguably the most whimsical in the city, the inside of the defunct Hugo Hotel has long been vacant. So recently, after a prolonged fight and eminent domain lawsuit against the abandoned building's owners, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency acquired the building. The city has told Goggin he must restore the urban art showpiece or it will none-too-whimsically come down.