Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A history of Joe Pagac's little man on the Rialto

I've been working again on my never-ending project: sorting through a backlog of photos I've taken. I found a folder that I made some time ago — but never posted here, I think. It shows a man standing to the right side of the murals Joe Pagac has painted and re-painted for at least ten years. The first Rialto mural we showed on this blog — without the man — was photographed December 13, 2009.

I'm sure we didn't get all of his concert murals over the years. The first time I saw the “little man” (as I call him) was April 14, 2012:

Here he is, from 2012 through 2018:

April 14, 2012
May 18, 2012
March 6, 2013
December 25, 2013
December 21, 2014
March 7, 2015
July 27, 2018
After a while, Joe replaced the protest sign with a monkey and the man both holding onto a banana. (Notice how both the man and the monkey have a hand or two wrapped around the downspout?) Though I haven't checked this year, I'd guess that's still the way it looks. The shrubbery in the last photo was taken away sometime later.

1 comment:

Tedski said...

The “little man” is comedian John Hodgman. They painted it for a show he did at the Rialto a few years ago and they kept him up there.