I Found the Creative Commons License on an SF Street Mural!

The Creative Commons license must be really taking off. On Friday night I attended a release party (see 1, 2, and 3) for Dan Gillmor's new book, We the Media, which is under a Creative Commons license (for the record, its the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 License).

Today, while walking down the street, I saw a new mural by Mona Caron that has popped up on Church street near Market. It's an amazing mural; it is divided into strips, with each strip showing a different decade here in San Francisco. The final strip shows a possible future for the city. The mural is large, so I couldn't take a single photo of it; here are three photos that show different portions:

And here's the craziest part; in the credits portion is a full Creative Commons license:

At the bottom you will see that it is under an Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives license.

Some other cool closeups on the mural; the mural is filled with lots of tongue in cheek political and anti-corporate symbols. First is a shot of Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, hanging out with his anti-buddy Mickey Mouse:

Another cool little part is a reference to our buddy Frank Chu and his 12 Galaxies conspiracy; Frank Chu is a San Francisco standard, a crazy guy who walks around with a sign that says 12 Galaxies at every imaginable political and public gathering:

My favorite part of the mural is the final strip showing a possible future for San Francisco. It shows rooftop food gardens, with rooftop bridges connecting the buildings:

Next is a cool street scene, showing the "San Francisco Swap Center" and a huge Cell Space, but Cell Space #13. If you look closely you'll also see a cafe that serves not only coffee but humanities as well, including poetry and philosophy:

There's all sorts of bikes and strange cars that have solar power refuelling stations:

Including a firetruck that runs on biodiesel!

Thanks Mona Caron for making such a cool mural (thats the Attribution part of the license)!

Update: Joi Ito found an area on Mona Caron's site where she describes her Market Street Mural in more detail.

Update #2: See a 5 minute VIDEO of the mural in progress (footage taken early December 2003) [via www.monacaron.com]: mpg 5.3 MB * wmv 8 MB * mpg 18 MB * wmv 18 MB

Update #3: A 12"x 36" poster of this mural is now available for $15 at the 300 Church St. Groceteria [Mapquest it], next to the mural. Support Mona and cool community murals by going and buying a poster!


Anonymous said…
But doesn't your photo essay violate the "no-derivatives"?
Brad Neuberg said…
In some ways, I guess it does. But my post is certainly covered by fair use. Interesting insight.