Monday, June 4, 2012

Abandoned School of the Arts: Part 2. The Things They Left There

Inside and out, the remains of the San Francisco School of the Arts, abandoned since 2002, intersect with the belongings of an ever changing rotation of squatters.  Though more secure since a crackdown in early 2010, and the looming demolition of the property following its acquisition by SF State this April, the school remains cluttered with the two groups' dueling patinas. 

Inside, out of date text books share space with improvised bed rooms formed out of rearranged book cases and salvaged mattress.  Class room cabinets and teacher’s desks hold piles of clothing and personal hygiene products.  

A swamp of empty muscle milk containers hints at a fortuitous dumpster dive...

...while an empty milk carton lies discarded by a long gone student. 

A pile of clothes, luggage and trash is the only memory left by some long since vacated tenant.  

"Be back...soon.  Wait for me.  Get warm and comfy  Love Justin.".

Demolition is planned for sometime this summer, following which the school will be converted first into a sporting green, and then into a Clinical Sciences building. 

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