After the opening of his new solo show “Structurally Sound” at White Walls Gallery, Augustin Kofie also know as just Kofie decided to paint this fantastic piece the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.
Active in the graffiti community since mid-nineties, Kofie’s work reflects a wide range of interests that go from architectural templates to deconstructed lettering, vintage collage paper, contemporary music and 1960’s-70′s iconography. In a constant quest for balance, composes Kofie futuristic compositions in wonderful vintage earth-toned palettes, creating in this way “organically complex formations through meticulously structured line-work and layering”.
This new mural is no exception and for which he decided to keep the original Patek-Ecklon lettering, Kofie “wanted to make sure [he] respected the original signage, even though the business is defunct, it’s still a landmark ghost sign for the area.” The former sign becomes a ghost from the past, fading into the background in clear contrast to Kofie’s futuristic imagery.
The Patek-Ecklon type and the crown logo are the original buildings signage painted in the mid 40’s. I wanted to make sure I respected the original signage, even though the business is defunct, it’s still a landmark ghost sign for the area. -Kofie
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