Weird performance art in San Francisco

February 18, 2015

dog freak1“There’s a guy dressed like an alien playing guitar with a stuffed goat over on the stairs at Union Square, and there’s a Rottweiler at the bottom of the stairs who just doesn’t know what to make of him,” my husband laughed, as we walked around San Francisco the other day.

So I got closer, and yes indeed, there he was, an alien with a metallic mask and hands, a guitar and a stuffed goat.

The dog looked incredulous.

“Wonder what Riley would do with this,” I mused to my husband.

“I know exactly what he’d do with it,” he responded. We drew closer to Union Square.

I took a closer look.

performance-artThe dog was also stuffed.

I love performance art and this had to be the most interesting I’d seen in San Francisco.  Calling it “weird” isn’t an exaggeration–I’m not sure there’s another description. It was weird.  But it was provocative, in that it provoked thought. It was clever. It made us laugh. We wanted to draw closer.

Yes, it was good performance art.  What about you? What’s the wildest performance art you’ve seen?

21 comments on “Weird performance art in San Francisco
  1. Estelle says:

    I think Blue Man Tube group was the oddest show I’ve ever seen. What they could do with a toilet paper roll would astound you!

  2. Carolann says:

    lol that’s cute. There is a guitar playing half-naked cowboy playing out in the freezing cold every day. He is a huge “thing” in the city. what a bod too! lol

  3. I think this is exactly why San Francisco is my favorite city!

  4. I don’t know how weird it was, but many years ago, I was eating lunch in the square of Sarlat, France, a medieval town near Bordeaux. Across the square, was a young msn, head-shaven, in nothing but running shorts and running shoes, playing Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring on a guitar.

  5. Rebecca says:

    I’ve seen some pretty crazy performance art living near Hollywood. I am in awe of the “frozen statues” I’ve seen in Spain and Italy. However, I think the gypsies are the best at it bent over for long periods of time holding their donation dish.

  6. Weird and Wonderful. The Naked Grandma in Times Square is pretty “special”! We have to embrace it.. art comes in many forms!

  7. Diane says:

    That’s a hoot! In Mexico, we came across a man who looked as though he and his chess game were moulded out of sand. They weren’t.

  8. I don’t know if it counts as “performance art,” but there was a guy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for many years that they called “The Wheelie King.” He had a bicycle on which the front wheel was missing, so he popped a wheelie and rode it around town as a unicycle. Specifically, he would ride it on top of the metal dividing rail that ran down the median strip of University Blvd, the main strip in town. Up and down. Up and down. All day, as far as I could tell.

  9. That is weird and would have definitely lured me in. I haven’t noticed much of this in our area, just street performers. Then again I always seem to be rushing when I’m in the city, I may have missed some wonderful things.

  10. Donna says:

    I know this isn’t odd, but once in San Francisco we watched the mimes for an hour. My son was fascinated by them and we loved every second. We even followed them when they went to another corner….we were the odd ones

  11. I’ve seen some strange art, but this one is weird and pretty awesome!

  12. Ruth Curran says:

    I love the people painted to look like stone statues. The stuffed dog is such a perfect added touch!!! I am not sure I would have paid close enough attention to pick up on that :)!!

  13. It’s always fun to see the bizarre performance art in big cities – and in the hotels of Las Vegas!

  14. BellyBytes says:

    That was an interesting installation !

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