San Francisco: Passport 2010

Passport is annual public art event in San Francisco organized by the San Francisco Arts Commission. It takes participants on a neighborhood stroll to collect artist-designed “passport stamps” in a pocket Moleskine cahier notebook.

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Once complete the passports become a limited-edition art book with original work by some of the Bay Area’s finest artists, some which sell for hundreds of US dollars.

Every year the event focuses on a different neighborhood in San Francisco, and this year they chose the hip and centrally located Hayes Valley. 15 local artists participating, ranging from emerging to established, and included a special stamp from the Richard Diebenkorn estate.

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This year the event has been held in October within local venues including boutiques, a record store, a cafe, a park, a bookstore… A wide variety of locations to highlight that Hayes Valley was more than just the main strip of stores everyone experiences.

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You can learn more and experience the complete gallery here.