wouldn't it be nice.. a mid market street proposal

We want to know what you think should be build in the derelict spaces in San Francisco's mid Market Street. No holds barred. All (clean) fantasies encouraged.

Jan 24
"Wouldn’t It Be Nice…" is an installation funded by the Mid Market Arts Project, SFAI. It is due to be installed late March between 5th and 9th on Market street, San Francisco.  It is a public installation along the boarded up spaces in Market Street.  Community feedback will inform the design of a series of peep boxes, seen through spyholes into the boarded up shopfronts on Mid Market Street.Passers-by spy through the peep  holes and see small models depicting fantasy ideas from local residents,  shop or office workers.  These fantastical little models sit behind the boarding, in the  unseen spaces.  The aim of the Market Street peep boxes is not to  imitate realism, but to give a chance for the locals to imagine what  could be in these private spaces.  The glass lens (spy hole) as a device  allows the participant to suspend reality as they peer through,  imagining that they are really looking into a private fantasy world.The scope for interaction is twofold; we ask visitors to this site, and locals on the street what they  imagine could be behind these boards and we build some of their ideas into the models.  Then locals and passers by look into the holes  and imagine what could be there, and start to consider the hidden  spaces and possibilities of their city.
So please write your comments below - in response to the images of the boarded up spaces - and maybe your idea will get made into a peep box!

"Wouldn’t It Be Nice…" is an installation funded by the Mid Market Arts Project, SFAI. It is due to be installed late March between 5th and 9th on Market street, San Francisco.  It is a public installation along the boarded up spaces in Market Street.  Community feedback will inform the design of a series of peep boxes, seen through spyholes into the boarded up shopfronts on Mid Market Street.

Passers-by spy through the peep holes and see small models depicting fantasy ideas from local residents, shop or office workers.  These fantastical little models sit behind the boarding, in the unseen spaces.  The aim of the Market Street peep boxes is not to imitate realism, but to give a chance for the locals to imagine what could be in these private spaces.  The glass lens (spy hole) as a device allows the participant to suspend reality as they peer through, imagining that they are really looking into a private fantasy world.

The scope for interaction is twofold; we ask visitors to this site, and locals on the street what they imagine could be behind these boards and we build some of their ideas into the models.  Then locals and passers by look into the holes and imagine what could be there, and start to consider the hidden spaces and possibilities of their city.

So please write your comments below - in response to the images of the boarded up spaces - and maybe your idea will get made into a peep box!


Jan 15
Suspend reality - What could be in this building? Comment below and we’ll see what we can do…

Suspend reality - What could be in this building? Comment below and we’ll see what we can do…

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What is behind the street facade?

What is behind the street facade?

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Reclaim this space - what could this building be used for??

Reclaim this space - what could this building be used for??


Jan 9
If reality was suspended - what would you want to be behind this wall?
Please post your thoughts in the comments box below…. It might be nice to add where you are posting from too…

If reality was suspended - what would you want to be behind this wall?

Please post your thoughts in the comments box below…. It might be nice to add where you are posting from too…


Please post in the comments box below; your absolute, ideal fantasy space for this site…. chocolate factory… mongolian yurt… dinosaur skeleton….

Please post in the comments box below; your absolute, ideal fantasy space for this site…. chocolate factory… mongolian yurt… dinosaur skeleton….


What would you like to see built here??

What would you like to see built here??


Downtown San Francisco - Mid Market Street in pink

Downtown San Francisco - Mid Market Street in pink


San Francisco - Mid Market Street in pink

San Francisco - Mid Market Street in pink