Giant Bubble Wrap Dare on Muni

bubble wrap on Muni

Muni rider Kim is on his way to bubble wrap all the things! I ran into Kim on the 38-R as he boarded the bus with his enormous cargo. He was nice enough to let me take a photo of his bubble wrap, but I didn’t ask him if I could pop a bubble because that would just be creepy, right?

Turns out someone else on the bus was equally impressed with Kim! Here’s a shot by Muni rider Lorena from the back of the bus.

bubble wrap on muni by lorena

Congrats, Kim, you have officially entered the Muni Diaries Strange Cargo Hall of Fame. You’re in good company with this styrofoam mountain and taxidermy deer head.

Tonight: amazing SF photography outdoor exhibit

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This evening you can see some of our favorite San Francisco photographers display their work in a properly gritty, urban setting. City At Large II is an outdoor photography exhibit where photographs are enlarged up to 8 feet tall and installed onto brick walls using only wheat paste. The effect is pretty stunning, thanks to these five photographers:

Emmanuel Blackwell
Rian Dundon
Dave Glass
Troy Holden
David Root

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You might recognize Holden, whose Muni photos you’ve seen here regularly. You’ll also see photos from the 1960’s to 1990’s by Dave Glass.
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City At Large II is located in the parking lot across the street from Adolph Gasser Photography on 181 2nd Street. The opening reception is tonight 5-7pm. RSVP here and we’ll see you tonight!

Call for submission: your art inside 50 Muni buses

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For Muni-riding artists out there, here’s your chance to shine a light on your work. The nonprofit organization San Francisco Beautiful is partnering with SFMTA to commission original artwork to be digitally reproduced for display in 50 Muni Art buses in San Francisco this fall.

Five winning designs will receive a cash prize, and each have their work displayed in 10 buses for four months. Artists have until June 19th to submit a proposal (details here).

Photo by @friscofog26

Elderly Woman Dies After Bus Attack

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The grandmother who was beaten as she exited Muni on Mother’s Day has passed died, NBC Bay Area reports.

Earlier this week we learned about the attack, which happened near Japantown or Chinatown – the details still aren’t clear. Police and the victim’s family are asking for the public’s help in finding the attacker, as well as a witness who helped the victim get off the bus.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about the suspect or the Good Samaritan, should also contact investigators and may do so via an email to San Francisco police Sgt. Trevor Kelly at, or via the Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or Text-A-Tip to TIP411 and include “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.

Watch Japanese Crew Clean a Train in 7 Minutes

How fast can you clean a Muni or BART train? Dateline journalist Charli James went on the Shinkansen bullet train in Japan to film how the crew cleans the train in just 7 minutes. The crew even has a secret button to turn all the chairs around. At the Tokyo train station, 323 trains arrive daily to carry 400,000 passengers.

I can only imagine the Herculean task to clean our trains and buses, knowing what goes on the seats and floors. Is it just me, or are we all fantasizing about this for Muni and BART?

Coolest bus shelters in a tiny Austrian town

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A tiny Austrian town has built some of the most intriguing bus stops we’ve ever seen. The town of Krumbach (population 1,000) approached some international architects to design bus stops in exchange for a free vacation, and the results are pretty delightful. The bus stop above is from Ensamble Studio from Spain. More from City Lab:

Association kultur krumbach, the village’s nascent cultural organization, approached seven international architects with an unusual proposition: design a bus stop for us and we’ll give you a free vacation in Krumbach.

Every single one of them said “yes.”

By summer 2013, all the designs had been submitted and construction began. The international architects — Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Wang Shu (China), Rintala Eggertsson Architects (Norway) , Ensamble Studio (Spain), Smiljan Radic (Chile), Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu (Belgium), and Alexander Brodsky (Russia) — collaborated with over 200 local designers and craftsmen to erect each distinct structure.

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Bus stop by Smiljan Radic (Chile)

See the rest of the photos at City Lab.

H/t: Muni Diaries reader Charlie L.
Photo credit: Yuri Palmin, Adolf Bereuter