Mission San José was established in 1720. We took the trolley out to spend an hour on the grounds. There’s just something about old stone that is always moving to me.
It was originally covered in plaster and painted white with a re and blue pattern. You can see just a little of the remaining decoration in this shot. Funny how much of our aesthetic is based on worn monuments and artwork. I guess a lot of the ancient classical Greek statues were also painted with bright colors originally. Wonder what that misunderstanding has done to our acceptance of color in our lives.
If you’ve read this for long, you know that I find new graffiti interesting if it’s artful. This example from 1856 just goes to show the impulse has been with us for a long time.
I remember being fascinated with graffiti left by one of Napoleon’s soldiers at Stonehenge. Suddenly I could see their uniforms around me.
And now a slideshow with some details, etc. The guy in the red shirt is our friend Buckaroo.