Monday, October 08, 2012

San Francisco Bay Area

 "Do not destroy what you cannot create." - Leo Szilard
 Signs placed in Berkeley, Richmond, San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma.
 "A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit." -Greek proverb
 "It's wonderful to be alive and to walk on earth." - Thich Nhat Hanh
The sign above replaces a "Wake Up and Smell the Permafrost" sign that's been up for over two months outside the Chevron corporate offices in Point Richmond.  Plainly visible to one side of a six-story office building, it amazes me that nobody from Chevron took it down.  Of course, to oil executives "Wake Up and Smell the Permafrost" probably translates to "There's money to be made by drilling in the Arctic!" so it's possible they thought it was a motivational message from management.  It'll be interesting to see how long the new one stays up.

 "The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition." - Carl Sagan
I've put up enough of these signs and confused enough motorists to make "Smell the Permafrost" the first suggestion when you google "Wake up and" - at least on the west coast.


 "Life is action, the use of one's powers..." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
 "What have future generations ever done for us?" - Groucho Marx
 "Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do." - Voltaire
 "Imagination is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstein
 "Thanks for the tragedy. I need it for my art." -Kurt Cobain
Signs placed since Jan. 1st: 841

3 comments:

Gail said...

"Earth - Now Disposable for your Convenience"

Just.Fucking.Brilliant.

You inspire me, FreewayBlogger, long may you reign (rain?) from the overpass!

dear denice said...

I think your signs could be more uplifting.

Freewayblogger said...

I wish they could, but for now the only uplifting messages about the environment are coming from oil and coal companies.

Here's a stab at it though:

http://imgur.com/zDXsO

(placed yesterday in SF)