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Phil Hellsten, 1952-2009 : A personal remembrance

Original post made on Jun 27, 2009

Destiny, dharma, kismet, calling—whatever you might want to call it—Phil Hellsten's determination to complete his magnum opus on the roof of 524 Hartz Avenue was realized shortly before his passing on June 23.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 26, 2009, 4:57 PM

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Posted by Stephen Sanfilippo
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 27, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Phil was indeed a fun character to collaborate and conspire with... For anyone who would like to see the "Un-Paint by Numbers" video it's at: Web Link

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Posted by Bill Carmel
a resident of Danville
on Jul 10, 2009 at 8:13 am

Phil represents, at least to this artist, the best of what being an artist is about. At least some of his artworks attained a high degree of relevance to the community he lived and created in. He included as many participants (I became a collaborator from time to time on his "ship of fools") as he could convince to help in realizing "big media" events-- the rooftop painting, for example, would be in posters, videos on the world wide web, newspapers, television, photographed from fire department ladder trucks, and by NASA from earth orbit. The rooftop piece clearly incorporates as much of Phil's thought process, his passion, his involvement in his community as he could cram onto a 2,000 square foot rooftop. The joke about St Jude notwithstanding, Phil worked relentlessly toward his fortune and 15 minutes of fame.

There is nothing pretty about Phil's art. It is beautiful.

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