'Nooooooo! R.I.P. Falling Girl'

RECEIVED Mon., Sept. 24, 2007

Dear Editor,
    Nooooooo! R.I.P. falling girl. Thank you to the Chronicle for alerting me and everyone else to the demise of one the most longstanding and hands-down one the most creative and artistic pieces of graffiti in the entire city ["Naked City," news, Sept. 21]. And thank you for dedicating one-third of a page to it with a nice zoom in of one of the "panels."
    I used to live within blocks of falling girl (painted on the parking deck at 12th and Guadalupe) and over the years have never once walked, biked, or driven by without pausing to admire this work and the cleverness and creativity behind her. I mourn her passing greatly. And I cannot stop kicking myself for not taking pictures of her entire stick-figure tumble down the parking decks while I had the chance.
    In a world with so much crappy graffiti that rarely surpasses name-tagging, it's a blessing when pieces actually stand out as real public art. Illegal public art, I suppose. There is a fine line between defacement and decoration but, alas, not so much so in the eyes of whomever finally made the call to paint her over. However, much credit is due for allowing the work to remain for as long as it did.
    I would like to ask that if anyone out there has pictures of falling girl, please e-mail them to me at graffitifan@gmail.com – especially if anyone has a photo of the mysterious last panel of her landing that was painted over long ago. Any other pictures of quality graffiti art are welcome.
Gwendolyn Norton
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