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Wall Art*

from the alleys and rooms
of the undergraduate houses
at Caltech

* (along with an architectural modification or two)

Click any image to enlarge it.

[Square brackets] indicate that the official name (if any) of the work is unknown.

A  gray background  indicates a work that is no longer in existence.

For more information, see “The Writing’s in the Walls”
(http://pr.caltech.edu/periodicals/CaltechNews/articles/v41/walls.html).

Acknowledgements

Maps: South Hovses (1932) (plus modern landmark names)
South Hovses (2006), first floor (south is up)
South Hovses (2006), second floor (south is up)

THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT AUTHORITATIVE!
If your memory doesn’t match what’s shown here,
there’s a good chance that you’re right and we’re wrong.


Please send additions, corrections, comments,
backstory, more accurate dates, your own photos, etc.
to Dave Zobel ’84: dzobel@alumni.caltech.edu


Last updated:  Sa 7/24/10 11:06 AM



3 lines

chicks

“Feynman” bas-relief

if tonight never ends

Pink Floyd: The Wall

Stalin

4-tych

China is your friend

Finnegan’s Wake

I know that you know nothing

Pink Floyd: “Welcome to the Machine”

Starchild

500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, The

Christopher Robin

fireball

“I may make you feel...”

Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

starscape (Dabney)

Abandon hope

circles: color and black

fish head

Incredibles changing room, The

planets

starscape (Ricketts)

acid

circuit breaker box

fjord

Incubus

Plus ça change

starship

After Bathing at Baxter’s

circus tent room

Flame Room, The

Inferno

poem: 8 lines

Star Wars

“A Game of Chess”

clothes hangers

flames, burst into

In memory of Erin Hellner

poem: Erin Hellner

Star Wars: Cloud City

age of aquarius

Cloud City

flaming castle in triangle

Interhouse 7 highway shield

poem: J. Alfred Prufrock

Star Wars: Death Star

airplane

Clouds and Castles

FLCL bass player

I shot the Albatross

poem: Lúthien Tinúviel

stegosaurus

albatross

Coliseum, The

floating girl

It ain’t illegal yet

poem: suppose

still life

America ... China is your friend!

Committee to Re-Elect God

Florida thunderstorm

Jack and the Beanstalk

poem: The Earth is flat

Stills from the film: “Gas”

angels

Community Chest

flower eye

Jefferson Airplane

poem: The Waste Land

Stills from the film, “N. Lower 7”

Angry Eyes

Constantine, John

flying man

jester (female)

poem under stairs

Stills from the film: “Ripping...”

Animal Farm

contemplating

flying whales

Jesus was a parthenogen

poetry wall room

Stills from the Film “Ripping the Arms....”

anime: Ayanami Rei

cosmos

foessball

Jethro Tull

Polly Nomial

stretchmarks

anime bass player

cosmos man

Fool tarot card (Blacker), The

kamikaze

Pooh

subliminal smiley face

anime bat girl

Crest

Fool tarot card (Dabney), The

Kandinsky-esque with splatter ceiling

pretzel

succubus

anime: FLCL

Crud dragon

foosball

Karma, The Dot of

Prexy succubus

Sudafed

Anita Muscaria

crying smileys

four-tych

king on horse

primordial painting in Tunnel

sun

Anna Livia Plurabelle

cummings, e.e.

fractal

Kirby

Proto-fascist Storm Troopers

sun

Anthem of the Sun

Dabney Alley 1

Freedom of Vodka

Kremlin: Lenin

Psil O. Cybin

sunset behind bridge

antlers/tendrils

Dabney Alley 2

frog on leaf

Kremlin: Stalin

psychedelic landscape

suppose

Ape Factor Index (Kremlin)

(Dabney) Alley 2 Mural

function of poetry, The

landscape

psychedelic room

Swan Song man

Ape Factor Index (Vatican)

Dabney Alley 6 sign

fuse box

“Last night in my dreams...”

Pug

Swimming Eyeballs

Apollo

Dabney Alley 7 demon

galaxy (black and white)

“Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie”

Purgatory

swordsman

Ayanami Rei

Dabney Alley 7 sins and virtues

galaxy (color)

LD circuit breaker box

Quetzal on a Pretzel

tarot: Fool (Blacker)

Aztec-like design

Dabney Library

“Gas”

L.D. on the Dragon

quiet alley

tarot: Fool (Dabney)

Babylon 5

Dabney library dragon

Gates of Hell

Led Zeppelin

Rasta swordsman

tarot: Moon

Bag End

Dabney lounge mural

Gates to Heaven

Lenin

rat with bottle

Tender Boofs

Bartholomew Cubbins

Dabney room 15

Get out of Hell free card

LIFE: It grows on you

Reality by God inc.

tendrils

bas-relief

Damn you, Charlie Brown!

Gibson girl

litter

Reality is for people

the more things change

bass player

Dance of the Tender Boofs

giraffe

Lorax, The

red and yellow bird

There’s you

bat girl

Dante

girl, floating

lounge: Dabney

red hand

they knew

Baxter’s

Dark Side of the Moon

Girl in the Sun

Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (fragment), The

Rei

Thick as a Brick

beetle

Dark Star

girl, one-eyed

“Lucifer”

Reservoir Dogs

Think! It ain’t illegal yet!

biohazard

deadly sins

gnome

Lucy and Schroeder

reversal

this isn’t graffiti

bird flying to the moon

Death Star

goblet

Lúthien Tinúviel

rhinoceros beetle

This stuff is Mine

bird in square

democracy is too beautiful

goldfish

M51

Richardson, Lewis F.

thunderstorm

Birth of God, The

demon: Alley 7

goodnight

mandala

Ricketts foosball room

tiger and snake

black blobs

Donk mural, The

Go to Hell card

man with cosmos inside

Ricketts pentagram

tire swing

black castle

Don’t drop acid

graffiti is great

Marley-Einstein Conspiracy, The

Ricketts room 59

Toast to Pug, A

Blacker flag

Dot of Karma, The

GRAPHICS?

Marvin K. Mooney

“Ripping the Arms out of your sockets....”

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Blacker room 19

Down with gravity

grasshopper

Maxwell’s silver equations

Roach Motel

toothy smiles

black wall with red hand

dragon: Crud

Grateful Dead: Anthem of the Sun

maze

rocket

treehouse

blobs: black

dragon: Dabney library

Grateful Dead: Blues for Allah

M.C. Escher

Roots

T.S. Eliot

blonde

dragon: ferret

Grateful Dead: Skull & Roses

memorial pillars

rose

Upper P dragon

blue and green swirls

dragon rider

Great Books, The Wall of (relatively)

milk

runes

velocity

blue face

dragon, smoking

Great Music, The Wall of

mirror writing

sad faces

Viking canvas

blue room

dragon stained-glass window

Greek

monkey

Saga of Polly Nomial, The

Viking fjord

Blues for Allah

dragon: Upper P

Green Eggs and Ham

monkey, pastel

sailing ship

virtues

boat

Drink milk

green room

Monopoly: Chance

Schroeder and Lucy

viscosity poem

bongos

Drop Day python

guitarist

Monopoly: Community Chest

Sesame Street (mirror)

vodka

Boofs

Dr. Seuss: Bartholomew Cubbins

hammer and sickle

moon

Sesame Street (this stuff)

Wall, The

Book of the Dead

Dr. Seuss: Cat in the Hat

handprints

Moon in a Box

Seuss: Bartholomew Cubbins

Wall of Great Music, The

book reader

Dr. Seuss: Green Eggs and Ham

hand, red

Moon tarot card, The

Seuss: Cat in the Hat

Wall of (relatively) Great Books, The

Books, The Wall of (relatively) Great

Dr. Seuss: Lorax

hangers

mosaic mushroom cloud

Seuss: Green Eggs and Ham

Waste Land, The

Botts dot

Dr. Seuss: Marvin K. Mooney

Happy Hamburger

mushroom

Seuss: Lorax

Waste Land, The

Bowling Alley/RA apartment, The

Dr. Seuss: Sneetches

Happy Toilet

mushroom

Seuss: Marvin K. Mooney

waterfall

boy and girl

Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book

HARF

mushroom cloud

Seuss: Sleep Book

Waterfall, The

Boyd

Earth in flames

heavenly virtues

Music, The Wall of Great

Seuss: Sneetches

waves

bridge

Earth is flat, The

He died

neurotic’s alphabet

seven deadly sins

we don’t swim in your toilet

Broadsword and the Beast, The

Eat toast

height map

N. Lower 7

shag carpeting

Welcome to the Edge

Brought to you by (mirror)

Edge of Reality, The

Hell

No spewing

Share and Enjoy!

“Welcome to the Machine”

brought to you by (this stuff)

e.e. cummings

Hell-Cannes bypass

octopus

sign on the dotted line

whales, flying

bubbles coming out of head

Einstein

Hellner, Erin

Odysseus escaping from the Cyclops

Silent Radio

“What the Thunder Said”

burning Earth

elephant

Hellner, Erin

oh, how I love to be a frosh!

Silmarillion, The

“When your head...”

burst into flames

elf

Hellraiser

old murals

sins

Whirlpool Galaxy

Calvin and Hobbes

Eliot, T.S.

Herculean Tesla

one-eyed girl

skeleton & roses

whorls

Calvin and Hobbes: sleeping Hobbes

Eliot, T.S.: The Waste Land

He’s dead, Jim

Opium

Skull & roses

Window of Evil Things, The

Calvin and Hobbes: Spaceman Spiff

Elvis has left the building

highway marker

Orwell, George

Sleep Book

Window of Good Things, The

Calvin and Hobbes: tin can

equation

highways for stretchmarks

outer space

sleeping Hobbes

winged man

capital sins

Erin Hellner

highway shield

Pardon me

Sleep rescue me

Winnie-the-Pooh

cardinal virtues

Erin Hellner memorial

Hitchhiker’s Guide

“parrot”

smiley face

Winnie-the-Pooh and friends

carpeting

e-scape

Hobbes sleeping

parthenogen

smileys, crying

Wish You Were Here

castle

Escher

hookah

pastel monkey

smoking dragon

Wormhole

castle view

Every litter bit hurts

Hope Is a Painful Emotion

“Peanuts”

snake and tiger

X-Men

cataract

Eyeball Mural

hopscotch

Peanuts

Snatch sign

Yoramnifera

caterpillar

eyeballs

HOUSE 7

Pegasus

Sneetches, The

Youthink

Cat in the Hat, The

eye, flower

“Housewife’s Lament”

Penrose tiling

Snr. Ratón

ZAR

Chance

eye of the sun

Hyperspace bypass (Blacker: Cannes-Hell)

pentagram

Some were sedated

Zip line

changing room

eyes

Hyperspace bypass (Blacker: Kremlin-Swamp)

people are too busy

SOUTH

Charlie Brown

fake room 19

Hyperspace bypass (Blacker: lounge-Swamp)

Pfeiffer cartoon

Spaceman Spiff

checkerboard

fantasy warrior

Hyperspace bypass (Blacker: Swamp-Vatican)

Phil Collins

splatter ceiling

chemical structure

female jester

Hyperspace bypass (Dabney: Alley 6-Upper 7)

pile of papers

squid

Chernobog

ferret dragon

“Icarus”

Pink Floyd: Dark Side

squiggles



 

  “Feynman” bas–relief

(10/65)

Artists: Joe Jeffrey ’69, Dave Perasso ’69, Paul Bartlett, and Bob Pelzmann

The bas–relief dates to 1931 (the year the Hovses were constructed).

(Additional information)

Location: Dabney courtyard

 

  [primordial painting in Tunnel]

(fall ’70 — ?)

The first painting along Tunnel.

Location: Blacker Tunnel

 

  [smoking dragon]

(ca. ’70 — ’04 or later)

Some call this Dabney’s first mural.

Location: Dabney Alley 4, library

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  The Birth of God

(fall ’70 or winter ’71)

Artist: Alan Rice

Diptych.

(Additional information)

Location: Dabney Orange Walk entrance

Photos: Steve Allen ’82, ?

The Birth of God
(from an early photograph)

 

  [kamikaze]

(ca. ’70 — ’06)

Artist: Jim Ketcham ’72

View through cockpit windshield of plane diving into Millikan Pond.

Location: Dabney Alley 3, to right of room 11 (now D10)

Photo: Steve Allen ’82

DABNEY ONLY

 

  The Edge of Reality

(winter or spring ’72 — ’98 or later)

Location: Dabney stairs from courtyard to Alley 7, first corner on the way up

 

  Skull & roses

(fall ’72 or winter ’73)

Artists: Fred Ware ’74, Fred Sigworth ’74, Bob Gay ’75, Gary Janik ’75, and others

From the Grateful Dead live album Grateful Dead (1971; artwork by Mouse and Kelley).

(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts at east end of Crud

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

GRATEFUL DEAD

 

  [rose]

(after spring ’74 — ’06)

Location: Ricketts at west end of Crud

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  The Wall

(’84–’85)

Artist: Bengt Magnusson ’87

From the Pink Floyd album The Wall (1979).

(Additional information)

Location: Blacker stairs from Vatican to Cannes

Bengt Magnusson
1984–85

Ooooh You cannot reach me now
Ooooh no matter how you try
Goodbye cruel world it’s over
Walk on by
Sitting in a bunker here behind my wall
Waiting for the worms to come

[in blood]
But it was only a fantasy
The wall was too high as you can see
No matter how he tried he could not break free
And the worms ate into his brain.

 

  Dark Side of the Moon

(’88 — ’92 or later)

Artist: Jason Surace ’92

From the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon (1973).

Location: Ricketts LD, room 43 (now R52)

Photo: Jason Surace ’92

 

  Jefferson Airplane

(’80 (completed ’95) — ’06)

Artists: Dave Bradburn ’81, Cecilia Rodriguez ’82, Bonnie Petheram ex ’83, Clark Brooks ’83, and others

From the Jefferson Airplane album After Bathing at Baxter’s (1967).

Location: Ricketts stairs from Cherry to Snatch

Photos: Nick Hutzler ’07

Jefferson Airplane
After Bathing at BAXTER’S
Started 1980
Completed 1995

 

  Every litter bit hurts

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Ricketts stairs from Cherry to Snatch

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

EVERY LITTER
BIT – HURTS

 

  Swan Song man

(3/96)

Artist: Joseph Carroll ex ’98

The icon of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label.

(Additional information)

Location: Blacker Purgatory

Joe C.
3–28–96

 

  “Welcome to the Machine”

(’79 — ’83 or later)

Artist: Clark Brooks ’83

From the Pink Floyd album Wish You Were Here (1975).

Location: Ricketts

Photo: Bonnie Petheram ex ’83

 

  Blues for Allah

(’80 — ’83 or later)

Artist: Clark Brooks ’83

From the Grateful Dead album Blues for Allah (1975; artwork by Philip Garris).

Location: Ricketts

Photo: Bonnie Petheram ex ’83

 

  [The Broadsword and the Beast]

(’92–’93 — ’05 or later)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96

From the Jethro Tull album The Broadsword and the Beast (1982).

Location: Dabney Alley 1 circuit breaker box, opposite stairs to Alley 2

Photo: Adam Azarchs ’05

 

  [Thick as a Brick]

(’92–’93 — ’04 or later)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96

A quote from the Jethro Tull song (and album) Thick as a Brick (1972).

Location: Dabney Alley 1, north end, west wall

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

I MAY MAKE YOU FEEL
BUT I CAN’T MAKE YOU THINK!

 

  Anthem of the Sun

(early ’80s — ?)

Artist: Misha Mahowald ’85

From the Grateful Dead album Anthem of the Sun (1967; cover art by Bill Walker).

Location: Ricketts

 

  FLCL bass player

(’04–’05 — ’06)

Artist: Chelsea Sharon ’07

The cover of the third disc of the anime titled FLCL (a/k/a Fooly Cooly).

Location: Ricketts in an unknown room

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  Ayanami Rei

(spring ’02 — ’06)

Artist: Jess Gray ’05

Anime character from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Location: Dabney Alley 2

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

JLG
Wes–Fri
Finals week
Spring 2002

 

  [sailing ship]

(started ’91?, completed ’95)

Artist: Matthew P. Johnson ’94

In memory of the artist’s grandfather, Irving McClure Johnson, a sailor.

Location: Blacker Heaven, at top of stairs up from Tunnel, near entrance to sleeping porch

 

  In memory of Erin Hellner

(’89 — ’06)

Location: Dabney Upper 7, in an unknown room

Photo: Jason Surace ’92

In Memory Of
ERIN HELLNER

 

  [Ricketts foosball room]

(’87 or later — ’06)

Location: Ricketts foosball room

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [black blobs]

(7/88 — ’06)

Artist: Josh Kurutz ’89

Location: Ricketts Crud, room 59 (now R65)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  waterfall

(’04 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Ricketts LD, room 41 (now R50)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [fractal]

(’96 or earlier — ’06)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 1 to Alley 2, east wall

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  The Bowling Alley/RA apartment

(’96 or earlier — ’06)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96

 

(Additional information)

Location: Dabney Alley 3, room 16 (now D15), “The Bowling Alley.”

Photos: Everett Howe ’86

 

  The Flame Room

(winter ’74 — ’06)

Artists: Erik Brune ’75 and Vickie Roberts ’75

Location: Dabney Alley 2, room 8 (now D24)

Photos: Everett Howe ’86

 

  [psychedelic room]

(spring break ’94 — ’06)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96



(Additional information)

Location: Dabney Alley 2, room 6 (now D22)

Photo: Everett Howe ’86
(detail)

 

  The Saga of Polly Nomial

(graffito)

(fall ’71–spring ’72 — ’98 or later)

An adult cautionary tale for the mathematically minded. Originated elsewhere, possibly as early as the ’50s.

(Additional information)

Location: Dabney Upper 7 east wall

When Polly got home that night, her mother noticed that she was no longer piecewise continuous, but had been truncated in several places. But it was too late too [sic] differentiate now. As the months went by, Polly’s denominator increased monotonically. Finally, she went to L’Hopital and generated a small but pathological function which left surds all over the place and drove Polly to deviation.

[Painted out] The moral of our sad story is this: “If you want to keep your expressions convergent, never allow them a single degree of freedom.”

 

  Kirby

(11/11/00 — ’01 or later)

Artists: Melinda Owens ’04, Hermes Huang ’04, and Megan Guichard ’04

A three–foot version of “Kirby,” the big pink Nintendo beastie.

(Additional information)

Location: Dabney Lower 7, room 53 (now D39)

Photo: Brian Aydemir ’04

M H M
(initials of the perpetrators)

 

  [runes]

(12/2/00 — ’06)

Artists: Brian Aydemir ’04, Chandra Barnett ’07, and Kim Reece (a non–student JPLer)

Transcribed from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion.

(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts LD, room 36 (now R44), north wall

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

[Anglo–Saxon runes]
Then being now alone and upon the
threshold of the final he made the Song of
Parting, in praise of Lúthien and the
lighs of heaven; for he believed than
he must now say farewell to both
love and lighn. : Farewell sweet earth
and northern sky, : for ever blest, since
here did lie : and here with lissome limbs did run :
beneath the Moon, beneath the Sun, : Lúthien Tinúviel :
more fair than mortal tongue can tell. : Though all
though all to ruin fell the world : and were
dissolved and backward hurled : unmade
into the old abyss, : yet were tis making
god, for this— : the dusk, the dawn, the earth, the
sea— : that Lúthien for a time

 

  [I shot the Albatross]

(graffito)

(’98 or earlier — ’98 or later)

A reference to Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff.”

Location: Dabney Alley 4, north wall, right of room 19 (now D47)


(detail)

I shot the Albatross.
,but I did not shoot the deputy.

He is a fun God!
He is the Sun God!
Ra! Ra! Ra!

subtlety is
a crutch.

The memory of you
will live in my heart
forever. You have
touched my soul,
and I am changed
In Memory of ? M?
9/26/24 – 5/9/78
MAY WE look in the skies
and remember his heart.
–– E.A.W.

“I HAVEN’T LOST MY MIND...
IT’S BACKED UP ON
TAPE SOMEWHERE.”

 

  [Don’t drop acid]

(graffito)

(’95 or earlier — ’98 or later)

R.A.H. is Robert A. Hanna ’95.

Location: Dabney Alley 3, west wall

Don’t drop acid.
Take it on pass/fail.
–– R.A.H.

 

  The Wall of Great Music

(ca. ’86 — ’06)

Artist: various

Location: Dabney Alley 4, library

Photos: Coral Clark, Everett Howe ’86

 

  The Window of Good Things

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4, library, in a corner

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  The Window of Evil Things

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4, library?

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  [Brought to you by (mirror)]

(graffito)

(7/88 — ’06)

Artist: Josh Kurutz ’89

Legible in the mirror over the sink. Refers to the TV show Sesame Street.

(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts Crud, room 59 (now R65)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

[Mirror writing]
Room 59
Was brought to you
Today
By
The letter N,
The number 3 + 2i,
And the color Green
(monochromatic wavelength 4863 Å)

 

  Dabney Alley 2

(beginning in ’72 — ’90 or later)

Artists: Adam Melch, C.P. Price ’76, and others

Location: Dabney Alley 2

Photo: Seth Noble ’94

 

  Dabney Alley 6 sign

(’98 or earlier — ’98 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 6, north wall

ALLEY 6

 

  Dabney Alley 7 demon

(’98 or earlier — ’98 or later)

Location: Dabney Upper 7, west wall

Welcome to Alley 7

 

  [Dabney Alley 7 sins and virtues]

(’97 — ’06)

Location: Dabney Upper 7, right of room 48 (now D35)

Photo: Jason Surace ’92

 

  Down with gravity

(graffito)

(’06 or earlier — ’06)

Viewed from Dabney Upper 7.

Location: Dabney Lower 7

Photo: Jason Surace ’92

DOWN WITH GRAVITY

 

  [mandala]

(’98 or earlier — ’98 or later)

Visible in “#6: Stills from the film, ‘N. Lower 7’.”

Location: Dabney Lower 7, north wall, to the left of room 51 (now D38)


(detail)

 

  Stills from the film, “N. Lower 7”

(’98 or earlier — ’06)

Shows the view from room 50.

(Additional information)

Location: Dabney Lower 7, north wall, to the left of room 49 (now D36)

Photo: Everett Howe ’86

#6: Stills from the film, “N. Lower 7”

 

  Snatch sign

(’03 — ’06)

Artists: Chelsea Sharon ’07, Issac Garcia–Munoz ’07, and Greg Stachelek ’07

Location: Ricketts Snatch, next to room 23 (now R35)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

SNATCH

 

  Ricketts pentagram

(fall ’90 — ’06)

Artists: Eric Candell ’92 and others?

Painted for Rotation.

Location: Ricketts dining hall

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  biohazard

(’90–’91 — ’06)

Location: Ricketts dining hall

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

BIOHAZARD

 

  Dabney lounge mural

(’05 — ’06)

Artists: Brandi Cossairt ’06 and others

Painted for Drop Day ’05.

Location: Dabney lounge

Photos: Everett Howe ’86

 

  Go to Hell card

(’88, completed ’93 — ’06)

Artist: original unknown; completed Miyabi Ota ’96

After a card from the Parker Bros. game Monopoly.

Location: Blacker Cannes, near closet near room 30 (now B46) (entrance to Cannes–Hell hyperspace bypass)

Community Chest
GO TO HELL
Go Directly to Hell
DO NOT PASS LOUNGE
DO NOT COLLECT MAIL

 

  Get out of Hell free card

(’00 or earlier — ’06)

After a card from the Parker Bros. game Monopoly.

Location: Blacker Hell kitchen, by entrance to Cannes–Hell hyperspace bypass

Chance
GET OUT OF HELL
FREE

 

  Share and Enjoy!

(spring ’97 — ’06)

Artists: Mike Stage ’97 and Clifford Hicks ’00

From Douglas Adams’s book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979).

Location: Blacker Cannes, outside room 27 (now B41), near kitchen shared with Upper P

Share and Enjoy!

 

  Winnie–the–Pooh

(summer ’95? — summer ’06)

Artist: Jeanne Wilson ’98

From the Disney film Winnie the Pooh..

Location: Blacker Upper P, near kitchen shared with Cannes

 

  Reservoir Dogs

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

After the poster of the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs (1992).

Location: Ricketts Up Your double (room 7 (now R8))

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [eyes]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Ricketts Up Your, left of room 11 (now R11)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  Eyeball Mural

(’94–’95 — ’06)

Artist: Tom Lechner ex ’95

Consists of several sections, including:
The Coliseum
Angry Eyes
Swimming Eyeballs
Clouds and Castles
Roots
L.D. on the Dragon
The Waterfall
Goddess of the Eyeballs

(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts stairs from Up Your to LD

Photos: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  Viking fjord

(’84?)

Artist: Bengt Magnusson ’87



(Additional information)

Location: Blacker Upper P, at top of stairs from Kremlin

 

  (Dabney) Alley 2 Mural

(early ’90s)

Artist: Cindy Machacek ’94

Location: Dabney Alley 2, doorway to what was formerly room 5 (now D21)

Photo: Cindy Machacek (Noble) ’94

 

  [sunset behind bridge]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Ricketts Crud double (room 61 (now R63))

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [Dark Star]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Refers to John Carpenter’s film Dark Star (1974).

Location: Ricketts at top of stairs outside Two–Holer

Photos: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  Star Wars

(summer ’97)

Artists: Clifford Hicks ’00, Kristine Nielson ’00, and others

Location: Blacker Tunnel, from room 37 (now B17) toward the lounge porch

 

  Crud dragon

(ca. ’77)

Artists: Tony Lomax and James D. Howard ’77



(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts stairs from Cherry to Crud

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

Crud
JDH

 

  Upper P dragon

(summer ’97)

Artist: Kacie Shelton ’96

Location: Blacker Upper P, from room 16 (now B40) to kitchen

 

  Prexy succubus

(’98 — ’06)

Artists: James Bolen and Christoph Baranec ’01

Location: Ricketts Prexy double (room 73 (now R56))

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  dragon stained–glass window

(fall/winter ’94)

Artist: Barbara Novak ’98



(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts LD

Who can tell where dreams end and reality begins.

 

  [angels]

(’03–’04 — ’06)

Artist: Chelsea Sharon ’07



(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts in an unknown room

Photos: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [Chernobog]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

From the sequence “A Night on Bald Mountain” in the Disney film Fantasia.

Does not continue behind the cabinet.

Ceiling notation: FIREPOT 2003

Location: Ricketts Crud double (room 61 (now R63))

Photo: Jason Surace ’92

 

  [ferret dragon]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Ricketts Prexy, room 69 (now R61)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [black castle]

(’82 — ’06)

Artists: Sylvia Luedeking ’86 and Misha Mahowald ’85

Location: Ricketts Up Your, room 9 (now R7), east and south walls

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  The Lorax

(’90–’91)

Artist: Jared Smith ’93

From the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax (1971).

Location: Blacker Tunnel, opposite stairway to Heaven

 

  Marvin K. Mooney

(’91)

Artists: Lindsey Dubb ’91 and others

The Crunk–car from the Dr. Seuss book Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! (1972).

Location: Ricketts Snatch, north end, west wall, between rooms 20 (now R32) and 22 (now R34)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

(’91)

Artists: Lindsey Dubb ’91 and others

King Derwin of Didd, from the Dr. Seuss book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938).

Location: Ricketts Snatch, south end, south wall

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  The Cat in the Hat

(’91)

Artists: Lindsey Dubb ’91 and others

From the Dr. Seuss book The Cat in the Hat (1957).

Location: Ricketts Snatch, north end, west wall

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

From Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962).

Location: Ricketts in an unknown room

Photos: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  The Sneetches

(’91)

Artists: Lindsey Dubb ’91 and others

From the Dr. Seuss book The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961).

Location: Ricketts Snatch, south end, east wall, between rooms 27 (now R39) and 29 (now R41)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  Green Eggs and Ham

(’91)

Artists: Lindsey Dubb ’91 and others

From the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham (1960). Incomplete.

Location: Ricketts Snatch, south end, west wall, between rooms 28 (now R40) and 30 (now R42)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  Calvin and Hobbes

(ca. spring ’88 — ’06)

Artist: Jared Smith ’93

From Bill Watterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

Location: Blacker Tunnel, between room 37 (now B17) and showers

 

  sleeping Hobbes

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Artist: "JH"

From Bill Watterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

Location: Ricketts

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  Spaceman Spiff

(ca. ’86 — ’06)

Artist: Tim Hochberg ’89

From Bill Watterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

Location: Blacker Hell, room 60 (now B59)

 

  Lenin

(summer ’98? — ’06)

Artist: Kjerstin Easton ’00

Lenin in green

Location: Blacker Kremlin, across from shower

Mark smells like poo.

 

  Stalin

(summer ’98?)

Artist: Kjerstin Easton ’00

Stalin in red.

(Additional information)

Location: Blacker Kremlin


(detail)

[Russian] Stalin in the Kremlin cares about every one of us.

 

  Freedom of Vodka

(spring ’96 — ’00 or later)

Artists: Stacy Kerkela ’96 and Paul Upchurch ’97

Part of a Ditch Day ’96 stack.

Location: Blacker Upper P, outside room 21 (now B36)

FREEDOM OF VODKA

[Russian] AFTER WORK
STOLICHNAYA VODKA

 

  A Toast to Pug

(’94 — ’06)

Artist: Priya Rai ’97

Location: Ricketts Herc double (room 17 (now R29))

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

A TOAST TO PUG
PRIYA ’94

 

  Quetzal on a Pretzel

(’94 — ’06)

Artist: Priya Rai ’97

Location: Ricketts Herc double (room 17 (now R29))

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

PRIYA
’94
QUETZAL
ON A PRETZEL

 

  Abandon hope

(spring ’93 — ’02 or earlier)

Artist: Katy Quinn ’93

Part of a Ditch Day ’93 stack. The quote is from Dante’s Inferno.

Location: Blacker Pub, door to room 5A (now B30)

ABANDON HOPE ALL YE
WHO ENTER HERE

 

  Babylon 5

(spring ’97 — ca. early ’98)

Artist: Mike Fox ’94

Part of a Ditch Day stack: a plastic covering with some tubes and the “Babylon 5” letters (from the science fiction TV show), designed to look like a wall of a spaceship.

Location: Blacker Pub, door to room 5A (now B30)

 

  [Bag End]

(spring ’02 — ’06)

Artists: Tim Crosby ’02 and Molly Swanson ’02

Part of a Ditch Day ’02 stack. From J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (1937).

Location: Blacker Pub, door to room 5A (now B30)

Photo: Ben Smith ’94

Bag End
Under Hill

 

  Hyperspace bypass (Blacker: Cannes–Hell)

(spring ’88 — ’06)

Artists: Ken Andrews ’90 and others



(Additional information)

Location: Blacker between the top of a closet in Cannes near room 30 (now B46) and a cabinet in Hell kitchen

 

  Hyperspace bypass (Blacker: Kremlin–Swamp)

(’03? — ?)

Location: Blacker between a janitor’s closet in Kremlin and a closet in Swamp

 

  Hyperspace bypass (Blacker: lounge–Swamp)

(’96–’97 school year)

Artist: Nathan Schara ’00



(Additional information)

Location: Blacker between hyperspace above lounge and Swamp

 

  Hyperspace bypass (Blacker: Swamp–Vatican)

(? — ?)

Location: Blacker between Swamp and Vatican

 

  Hyperspace bypass (Dabney: Alley 6–Upper 7)

(Thanksgiving weekend ’93 — ’06)

Artists: Alan McConchie ex ’97, Rich Zitola ’95, and others

Also called the Wormhole.

(Additional information)

Location: Dabney between Alley 6 maid’s closet and Upper 7 kitchen

At this site, on the 28th day of November, 1993,
at 1:57am PT, the Dabney House Alley 6/7 Hyperspace
Bypass (also known as “The WORMHOLE”) was first
traversed by human beings. We came in peace for
all mankind. All these Alleys are yours—
except Tunnel... attempt no settlements there...

 

  fake room 19

(spring ’90 — ’00 or later)

Artist: Ken Andrews ’90

A fake door, as there is no room 19 (it was converted into part of the library). Part of a Ditch Day stack. Improved by Housing.

Location: Blacker Upper P, north wall, across from room 20 (now B37)

 

  Zip line

(’03 or earlier — ’06)

Steel cable that could be used for point–to–point transportation.

Location: Ricketts

 

  The Dot of Karma

(’76–’77 — 9/98 or later)

Artist: Steve Smith ’78

A black raised highway marker mounted in the center of the Jai–Alai wall. Its randomizing effect on ball trajectories earned it the nickname “The Dot of Karma.”

Location: Dabney courtyard, south wall, under the library windows

Photo: Seth Noble ’94

 

  treehouse

(? — ’06)

Location: Blacker courtyard

 

  tire swing

(? — ?)

Location: Blacker courtyard

 

  “Housewife’s Lament”

(’86 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Lyrics from the folk song.

Location: Dabney

Photo: Coral Clark

Last night in my dreams I was stationed forever
on a far distant rock in the midst of the sea
My one task of life was a ceaseless endeavor
To brush off the waves as they swept over me

 

  “Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie”

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Artist: Josh Goldstein ’07

Lyrics to the Bob Dylan song.

(Additional information)

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 1 to Alley 2

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  [Animal Farm]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Refers to George Orwell’s book Animal Farm (1945).

Location: Dabney Alley 4

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  suppose

(graffito)

(10/98 or earlier — 7/99 or later)

The poem by e.e. cummings.

Location: Dabney Upper 7, west wall, across from room 48 (now D35)

Photo: John McCluskey III ’81
(detail)

suppose
Life is an old man carrying flowers on his head.

young death sits in a cafe
smiling, a piece of money held between
his thumb and first finger

(i say “will he buy flowers” to you
and “Death is young
life wears velour trousers
life totters, life has a beard” i

say to you who are silent. – “Do you see
Life? he is there and here,
or that, or this
or nothing or an old man 3 thirds
asleep, on his head
flowers, always crying
to nobody something about les
roses les bluets
yes,
will He buy?
Les belles bottes – oh hear
, pas cheres”)

and my love slowly answered I think so. But
I think I see someone else

there is a lady, whose name is Afterwards
she is sitting beside young death, is slender;
likes flowers.

 

  The Incredibles changing room

(spring ’05 — ’06)

Artists: Andrea Kung ’05 and Maria Ho ’06

Part of a fake Ditch Day stack. Made to look like a changing room for characters from the 2004 film The Incredibles.

(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts stairs from LD to Prexy.

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (fragment)

(’80 or earlier — ’84 or later)

Excerpt from the T.S. Eliot poem.

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 3 to Alley 4?

I grow old . . . I grow old . . .
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

 

  The Waste Land

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Sections II (“A Game of Chess”) and V (“What the Thunder Said”) of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922).

Location: Dabney Alley 4, east end, south wall

Photos: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  [3 lines]

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4, east end, north wall, right of library

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  [4–tych]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Ricketts Up Your double (room 7 (now R8))

Photos: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [age of aquarius]

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

A reference to the song “Aquarius” in the musical Hair (1967).

Location: Dabney Alley 4, library, east wall, just inside door

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

i believe in
the age of
aquarius...

 

  Anita Muscaria

(’80 or earlier — ’84 or later)

A talking psilocybin mushroom (Amanita muscaria).

Location: Dabney stairs by Alley 5

Hi! I’m Anita Muscaria! Do you know Psil O. Cybin?

 

  [Anna Livia Plurabelle]

(early ’70s — ?)

Artist: Paul Wagner ’76

Text alluding to Anna Livia Plurabelle from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake.

Location: Dabney Upper 7, outside room 45 (now D32)

 

  [antlers/tendrils]

(’92–’93 — ’04 or later)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 1 to Alley 2, north wall

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  Ape Factor Index (Kremlin)

(’91–’92 school year — summer ’93)

Armspan > height → ape
Armspan < height → human
About 20 people were measured.

Location: Blacker at foot of stairs from Kremlin to Upper P

 

  Ape Factor Index (Vatican)

(’86 or earlier — summer ’86)

Armspan > height → ape
Armspan < height → human

Location: Blacker Vatican

 

  [Aztec–like design]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  [bird flying to the moon]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 5

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  Blacker flag

(’05 — ’06)

The Blacker flag, reproduced in paint.

Location: Blacker lounge, over fireplace

Photo: Ben Smith ’94

γδβγ

 

  [black wall with red hand]

(at least a few years before ’89 — ’93, during renovations)



(Additional information)

Location: Blacker Cannes, between room 31 (now B44) and the shower

 

  [blonde]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 5 to Alley 6

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [blue and green swirls]

(winter ’75 — ?)

Artist: Steve Sweeney ’76

Inspired by The Flame Room.

Location: Dabney room 5 (now D21)

 

  [blue face]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 1, west wall, left of room 2 (now D18)

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [blue room]

(ca. ’80 — ?)

Location: Dabney Alley 1, room 3 (now D19)

 

  [book reader]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Possibly John Constantine, from Hellraiser.

Location: Ricketts in an unknown room

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [boy and girl]

(’96 or earlier — ’06)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96

This area was formerly part of room 5.

(Additional information)

Location: Dabney Alley 2 computer room

 

  [bubbles coming out of head]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  [caterpillar]

(’91 or earlier? — ’04 or later)

Artist: Allen “Ivar” Knudsen?

The Caterpillar from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), with hookah and bongos.

Location: Dabney Alley 4, south wall, across from room 19 (now D47)


(detail)

 

  [chemical structure]

(before fall ’89 — summer ’93)

Caffeine (or perhaps LSD).

Location: Blacker Swamp, left of door to courtyard

 

  [chicks]

(spring break ’03 — ’06)

Artists: Lisa Fukui ’05 and friend (not a student)



(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts Herc double (room 17 (now R29))

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

JINGLES
God of the Chickens

 

  [China is your friend]

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 5 to Alley 6

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [circles: color and black]

(’92–’93 — ’04 or later)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96

Location: Dabney Alley 2, north end

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  circus tent room

(7/88 — ?)

Artist: Josh Kurutz ’89

Walls were four different colors. Ceiling was sponge–painted with various shapes.

(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts Crud, west end

 

  [cosmos]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  [cosmos man]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: D, Alley 5

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  [Dabney Alley 1]

(2/13/04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96



(Additional information)

Location: Dabney Alley 1

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

ALLEY
1

 

  [Dabney room 15]

(’76–’77 — ?)

Artist: Cathy Marshall ’77

The west wall was covered with ink.

Location: Dabney room 15 (now D14)

 

  [Damn you, Charlie Brown!]

(ca. ’68–’70 or earlier — ?)

A drawing on paper (not on the wall) showing Lucy and two other Peanuts girls, obviously pregnant.

Location: Dabney Alley 1

Damn You Charlie Brown!!

 

  Dance of the Tender Boofs

(early–mid–’70s — early ’80s or later)

Artist: (Kathy) Gesine Lohr

Stick figures of women or fairies dancing in a ring.

Location: Dabney Upper 7, near the exit

 

  Death Star

(second term ’97 — ’06)

Artist: Clifford Hicks ’00

The Death Star from the film Star Wars (1977), rising over the Caltech campus.

Location: Blacker Tunnel, room 37 (now B17)

 

  [democracy is too beautiful]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4, library?

Photo: Coral Clark

Democracy is too beautiful
to share with anyone.
It’s mine.
Go away.
If you don’t,
You can’t
For whatever reason.
Therefore I will—
And am.
heh heh heh....
BUT WHY?
Why not?

 

  Drink milk

(’03? — ’06)

Location: Ricketts in an unknown alley

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07
(detail)

DRINK MILK
...OR YOU WILL DIE
[...?...]

 

  [Drop Day python]

(’80 — ’84 or later)

Artist: Brother of Richard Pogge ’83

Depicts the real–life crashing of a Drop Day party in Upper 7 by some Flems.
Includes a python whose tail becomes a Crest toothpaste tube which morphs into the Dabney House crest.
Includes a biplane dropping a bomb and towing a banner that says “Drop Day 1980.”

Location: Dabney Lower 7

 

  Eat toast

(graffito)

(7/88 — ?)

Artist: Josh Kurutz ’89

Painted in various parts of the room in clear gloss finish over the flat–finish white paint. Only visible when the light from the window was right.

(Additional information)

Location: Ricketts Crud, room 59 (now R65)

EAT TOAST

 

  Elvis has left the building

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Ricketts LD

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

 

  [Erin Hellner memorial]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 5 to Alley 6

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  e–scape

(’98 or earlier — ’98 or later)

Artist: Monty

Location: Dabney Alley 3

e–Scape

 

  [fireball]

(’93–’96? — ’98 or later)

Artist: Possibly Alan McConchie ex ’97

Location: Dabney Upper 7, east wall, to the right of room 40 (now D27)


(detail)

 

  [flaming castle in triangle]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

THEY KNEW!
INDEED THEY DID!
[...?...]

 

  [Florida thunderstorm]

(’95 or earlier — night before graduation ’99)

Artist: Walt Ogburn ’99

Never completed.

Location: Blacker Kremlin, room 14 (now B8)

 

  [flower eye]

(’92–’93 — ’04 or later)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96

Location: Dabney Alley 1, west wall, left of room 2 (now D18)

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [flying whales]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 1, north end, west wall

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [frog on leaf]

(’95–’98? — ’98 or later)

Artist: Valerie Anderson ’99?

Location: Dabney Upper 7, north end, west wall, across from room 38 (now D25)


(detail)

 

  [galaxy (black and white)]

(summer ’78 or earlier — spring ’87 or later)

About 3’ wide x 2’ high.

Location: Dabney Upper 7 at top of stairs from lounge, west wall, right of fan room

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  Gates to Heaven

(’97 or later — ’06)

Artist: Elisa Chiang ’01

Location: Blacker Heaven

 

  [Gibson girl]

(’04 or earlier — ’06)

Laser printer découpage.

Location: Dabney Alley 5

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [Girl in the Sun]

(’96)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96



(Additional information)

Location: Dabney stairs from courtyard to Upper 7, middle corner, west and north walls

 

  [goodnight]

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

A reference to the Margaret Wise Brown book Goodnight Moon (1947).

Location: Dabney Alley 4, west end, south wall archway

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  graffiti is great

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

graffiti
is
great

 

  [GRAPHICS?]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

GRAPHICS?
The Inevitable answer is
NO

 

  [green room]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Dabney Alley 1?, in an unknown room

Photo: Everett Howe ’86

 

  hammer and sickle

(’94 or earlier — ’94 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4, library

Photo: Annaliese Beery ex ’97

[Cyrillic] DABNEY
Library
Home of the Communist Cluster

 

  [handprints]

(fall ’97 — ’06 or earlier)

Artist: Walt Ogburn ’99, Elisa Chiang ’01, Regina "Wedge" Cheung ’01, Kyle Alvine ’99

Multicolored handprints, with artists’ signatures.

Location: Blacker Kremlin stairs entryway

 

  Happy Hamburger

(’81 or earlier — ’87 or later)

From “The T.B. Guide” on the Firesign Theatre album Dear Friends (1972)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

HAPPY HAMBURGER
WILL NOW RECITE
THE BOOK OF THE
DEAD...

 

  [Happy Toilet]

(graffito)

(’80–’84 — ?)

Artist: Stuart Goodnick ’84

Written to encourage a certain freshman to adopt tidier habits.

Location: Dabney in a bathroom stall

Happy Toilet says, “Flush me or die!”

 

  HARF

(graffito)

(early ’70s — ?)

Artist: Mark Parisi ’75

The word “HARF.”

Location: Dabney above a door frame

 

  [He’s dead, Jim]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

“He’s Dead, Jim”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, I’m a doctor, we must know these things.”
“Well, poke him once to make sure.”
“Why are you poking me, doctor?” he said, with raised eyebrow.

 

  [He died]

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [height map]

(’79 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  Hell

(flames: ’93–’94; hopscotch: ’98–’99 — ’06)

Artist: flames: frosh class of ’93; hopscotch: unknown.

Some flames are dedicated to those who had flamed out. Hopscotch diagram is made of duct tape.

Location: Blacker Hell

 

  [Herculean Tesla]

(’97 — 2/12/04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4, east end

Photo: Annaliese Beery ex ’97

97

 

  [highways for stretchmarks]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

A quote from “My I.Q.,” by singer Ani DiFranco.

Location: Ricketts in an unknown room

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

i got highways for stretchmarks see where ive grown
–– ad

 

  [Hope Is a Painful Emotion]

(’96 — ’06)

Artist: Valerie Anderson ’99

Location: Dabney Upper 7

Photo: Everett Howe ’86

 

  HOUSE 7

(graffito)

(ca. ’80 — ’87 or later)

Painted when Alley 7 was considering secession. Appears in Real Genius.

Location: Dabney stairs from courtyard to Upper 7, north wall

Photo: Coral Clark
(detail)

HOUSE
7

 

  [if tonight never ends]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photos: Coral Clark

If tonight never ends,
Tomorrow will never come.
Stagnation.
Thank Odin for entropy.
STORMRIDE
“Welcome to Heat Death, California, cowboy.”
But this Hotel is cold.
3°K. It’s a lonely place.
If
tomorrow never comes,
tonight will never end.

On
the other hand,
it may just be
the end of the world.

If the sun didn’t come up, people would just go to work and pay income tax and die by the clock as though nothing had happened – –

except they’d complain about the electric bills.

 

  I know that you know nothing

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown kitchen?

Photo: Coral Clark

I know that you know nothing.
I don’t know about that. _
Yeah, I know.
Doesn’t matter, though.
Matter is relative.
You know?
“No matter where you go” I know.
How do you know where I go?

 

  [Interhouse 7 highway shield]

(ca. ’80 — ca. ’80 or later)

Artist: Jim Angel ’81

Location: Dabney Upper 7, along the hallway above the Servery

 

  [It ain’t illegal yet]

(graffito)

(’06 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Dabney Alley 5 kitchen

Photo: Everett Howe ’86

Think! It ain’t illegal yet!

 

  [Jack and the Beanstalk]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney

Photo: Coral Clark

Exodus Chapter 31 Verses 1–3

1. And it came to pass, that Jack did
run forth and through the temple of the
Giant, that he might bring salvation unto
Goose and Harp.

2. But, lo, then did the Giant, with a
sharp ear and short wit, hear them, and
even as unto a hammered thumb did he
pronounce great oaths, and did call upon false
idols, among these, Elvis, that He should bring
evil unto them.

3. And fe fi fo fum said he unto
them, though he knew not what it meant,
nor has anyone known before or since,
not even God or Elvis.

 

  [jester (female)]

(’92–’93 — ’04 or later)

Artist: Andrea Cavalluzzo ex ’94

Location: Dabney Alley 1, west wall, left of room 2 (now D18)

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  [Jesus was a parthenogen]

(graffito)

(’80 or earlier — ’84 or later)

Location: Dabney (Alley 5?)

Jesus was a Parthenogen.

 

  [Kandinsky–esque with splatter ceiling]

(7/88 — ’06)

Artist: Josh Kurutz ’89

Location: Ricketts Crud, room 59 (now R65)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [king on horse]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Mounted king holding a ram’s horn aloft.

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  [landscape]

(’97–’98 school year — ’06)

Artist: Ellen Martin ’99

Moody and romantic. Covered one wall.

Location: Blacker Vatican, room 23 (now B12)

 

  LD circuit breaker box

(7/10/05 or earlier)

Location: Ricketts LD, south end, east wall

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

LD

 

  [LIFE: It grows on you]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney

Photo: Coral Clark

REVERSAL

LIFE! [overpainted on DEATH]
It grows on you.

 

  [M.C. Escher]

(spring ’90 — ’91–’92)

Artist: Matt Kidd ’90

Location: Blacker Upper P, room 18 (now B38)

 

  M51

(’78 — ’82 or later)

Artist: Fred Harris ’77

A ceiling mural of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and its companion, rendered in several colors of fluorescent paint, each representing a different wavelength of light.

Location: Dabney Alley 5, room 28 (now D1)

 

  Maxwell’s silver equations

(graffito)

(early ’70s — ’82 or later)

Parody of the Beatles song “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.”

Location: Dabney at bottom of stairs from Alley 3 to Alley 4?

Bang bang, Maxwell’s field equations came down upon his head,
Bang bang, Maxwell’s field equations made sure that he was dead.

 

  [maze]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  memorial pillars

(graffito)

(’91 — ’06)

Names of certain Moles who have left without graduating, chalked on the pillars.

Location: Blacker courtyard

 

  [monkey]

(’95 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Artist: Holly Hofer



(Additional information)

Location: Dabney Alley 1

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [mosaic mushroom cloud]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  [neurotic’s alphabet]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

A is for anxiety
B is for breakdown
C is for catatonic
D is for depression
E is for electroshock
F is for Freud
G is for group therapy
H is for hysteria
I is for infantile
J is for Jung
K is for Kafkaesque
L is for lobotomy
M is for manic–depressive
N is for neurosis
O is for Oedipal conflict
P is for psychotic

 

  [No spewing]

(early ’70s — ?)

Two parking signs

Location: Dabney Upper 7

No spewing between signs

 

  [Odysseus escaping from the Cyclops]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Ricketts Snatch, right of room 26 (now R38)

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [oh, how I love to be a frosh!]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  [old murals]

(probably pre–’86 — ’06)

An old mural underneath the paint.

Location: Blacker Tunnel (?) kitchen

Photo: Ben Smith ’94

 

  [one–eyed girl]

(’92–’93 — ’04 or later)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96

Location: Dabney Alley 1, north end, west wall

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  Opium

(graffito)

(early ’70s — ’82 or later)

Parodies Karl Marx.

Location: Dabney at bottom of stairs from Alley 3 to Alley 4?

Opium is the religion of the masses—BZZZzzzzzT!

 

  [outer space]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 1?, in an unknown room

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

DANDY’S

 

  [Pardon me]

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

From the Incubus song "Pardon Me" (1999).

Location: Dabney Alley 1?, in an unknown room

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

Pardon me while I burst into flames.

 

  [pastel monkey]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 5

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  Pegasus

(early ’80s — ’06)

Artist: Misha Mahowald ’85

The logo of the Steve Miller Band.

Location: Ricketts in an unknown room

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07
(detail)

 

  Penrose tiling

(summer ’98 — ’06)

Artists: Andrew Childs ’00 and others

On one wall.

Location: Blacker Vatican, room 24 (now B15A)

 

  [people are too busy]

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 5 to Alley 6

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

people are
too busy
contemplating
on the nothings
of things
–– Boyd

 

  [Pfeiffer cartoon]

(? — before fall ’79)

From a Jules Pfeiffer cartoon.

Location: B, possibly south wall of Tunnel

 

  [Phil Collins]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

“Now here’s Phil Collins with his hit song, Su–Su–SudafedTM
(pseu–pseu–pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride, 30mg)”

 

  [Plus ça change]

(’98 or earlier — ’98 or later)

The quotation is from Alphonse Karr.

Location: Dabney Alley 2 bathroom

Snr. Ratón sez pLus ÇA
change... Plus c’est la même chose

[Spanish and French] Mr. Mouse sez The more things change, the more they stay the same

 

  [poem: 8 lines]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4, west wall

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  [poem under stairs]

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 3 near stairs to Alley 4

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  poetry wall room

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Blacker in an unknown room

Photo: Ben Smith ’94

[Spanish]
Words? Yes, of air,
and in the air lost.

Let me lose myself within words,
let me be the air in some lips,
a contourless vagabond blowing
that the air causes to vanish.

The light, too, loses itself in itself.

–– Octavio Paz, “Poet’s Destiny”

 

  [Proto–fascist Storm Troopers]

(graffito)

(’85? — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney

Photo: Coral Clark

Now, the makers of “The Colorado Convertible Clobberings” bring you
an exciting new film the whole family will enjoy. Yes, in its first
American premiere opening, it won praise from critics alike. Now
you, too, can experience—
“Proto–fascist Storm Troopers from Michigan”

(“Proto–fascist Stormtroopers” is copyright ©1985, and “Storm Trooper” is one word.)

 

  [psychedelic landscape]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 5

Photos: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [quiet alley]

(graffito)

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 5

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  Rasta swordsman

(’98 or earlier — ’98 or later)

Location: Dabney Upper 7, east wall

 

  [rat with bottle]

(’79–’80 — ’81 or later)

Artist: Marlene Kramm (friend of Jean Richter ’81)

A six–foot rat, slightly menacing, holding a half–empty bottle.

Location: Dabney Alley 5

 

  Reality by God inc.

(spring ’88 — ’04 or later)

Artist: Marziah Karch

Self–portrait, painted when the artist was 16.

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 5 to Alley 6

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

[Mirror writing]
Reality
by
God inc.
illus. by
Marziah
Karch

 

  [Reality is for people]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

Reality is for people who can’t handle drugs.

 

  [red and yellow bird]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 5

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  [rhinoceros beetle]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Ricketts Up Your double (room 7 (now R8))

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [Roach Motel]

(9/8/86 — ’87 or later)

Artist: Madelyn Gilbert

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley, near a kitchen?

Photo: Coral Clark

WHERE
ROACHES
CHECK
IN
BUT, THEY
DON’T
CHECK
OUT

Madelyn 9/8/86

 

  [rocket]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 3 to Alley 4

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  [sad faces]

(’92–’93 — ’04 or later)

Artist: Heidi Hofer ’96

Location: Dabney Alley 1

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [Schroeder and Lucy]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

From Charles Schulz’s comic strip “Peanuts.”

Location: Dabney Alley 4

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  shag carpeting

(’78–’82 — ’82 or later)

Artist: Bruce Rogers ’82

The room had shag carpeting on the wall.

Location: Dabney Alley 5, room 28 (now D1)

 

  [sign on the dotted line]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

*q(x) = x – x3/3! + x5/5! – x7/7! + ... + (–1)n–1x2n–1/(2n–1)! + ... †
† p. 436, Calculus, Tom M. Apostol. 2nd Ed.
Sign on the dotted line

 

  [Sleep rescue me]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Paper images with hand–drawn interstitial material.

Location: Ricketts in an unknown room

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  [snake and tiger]

(’98 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 6

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [Some were sedated]

(graffito)

(’85? — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

“Some were sedated or chained to
their beds, and could not
escape.
Those who did escape wandered
into the night.”

Silent Radio
4–29–85

 

  [SOUTH]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  squid

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4–6 passageway (temporary wall in library)

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  [squiggles]

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

View into Alley 4.

Location: Dabney Alley 6

Photo: Everett Howe ’86

 

  Starchild

(’05 or earlier — ’06)

Location: Ricketts

Photo: Augusto Callejas ’01

Starchild

 

  [starship]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  [Star Wars: Cloud City]

(’06 or earlier)

Location: Blacker (?) in an unknown stairwell

 

  [stegosaurus]

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

THE MICROWAVE

THE PAST

 

  [still life]

(12/74 — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 5

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

[monogram: AT?]
12
74

 

  Stills from the film: “Gas”

(’84 or earlier — ’87)

Appears in Real Genius.
Wall was knocked out to expand a kitchen.

Location: Dabney

 

  Stills from the film: “Ripping...”

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Photo: Coral Clark

poik

Figure 27. Stills from the Film “Ripping the
Arms out of your sockets trying to Fly
on the Moon in a Box.”
(Courtesy of Others)

 

  subliminal smiley face

(1/07)

A smiley face painted yellow on a yellow background.

Location: Ricketts LD, on a north wall at junction with Crud

 

  [The Donk mural]

(ca. ’80 — ’06)

Artist: Don Korycansky ’82

Location: Ricketts stairs from Up Your to Herc

Photo: Nick Hutzler ’07

 

  The Earth is flat

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

The Earth is flat
And that is that.
I cannot see
How it could be
A ball that’s round.
Theories abound
That say it’s so
But, Hey, I know
The Earth is flat
And that is that.

The Earth is round
the theory is sound
It’s plain to see
At least to me.
When viewed from space
it’s as plain as the nose on your face
Then the Earth is round
(It’s not profound)

 

  The Fool tarot card (Blacker)

(’88? — ’00 or later)

Artist: Mike McDonald ’89

Location: Blacker inside courtyard door on south side

 

  The Fool tarot card (Dabney)

(7/89)

Artists: RMT and two others

Location: Dabney Alley 5

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

THE FOOL.
Dedicated to Erin Hellner
July 27, 1989

 

  The function of poetry

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney

Photo: Coral Clark

The function of poetry
is religious invocation
of the Muse;
its use is the experience
of mixed exultation and
horror that her presence
excites

 

  The Marley–Einstein Conspiracy

(’98 or earlier — ’98 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 2, north end

E = mc2,
mon

the
MARLEY–
EINSTEIN
CONSPIRACY

 

  The Moon tarot card

(8/89)

Artists: RMT, VH, SD, and two others

Location: Dabney Alley 5

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

THE MOON.
Dedicated to Erin Hellner
August 2, 1989

 

  [There’s you]

(graffito)

(’81 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

There’s you...
And there’s this pile of papers.
The pile of papers exists to serve you,
not the other way around.
— R.G.

 

  The Wall of (relatively) Great Books

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4, library

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  The Waste Land

(8/99 — ’04 or later)

Artist: Egon Pasztor ’96

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 3 to Alley 4

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

The Waste Land

One Day I really
will finish coloring
the above!
Love,
Egon P.
Visitor
Aug. ’99

 

  [this isn’t graffiti]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

[upside–down]
THIS ISN’T GRAFITI
IT’S AN EQUATION.

[upside–down]
THIS ISN’T GRAFFITI
IT’S UPSIDE DOWN

 

  This stuff is Mine

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

“This stuff is Mine!”

This message brought to you today
by the Committee to Re–Elect God,
as well as by the letter I and by
the numbers 1 and 8.

Sesame Street is a production of
The Children’s Television Workshop.

 

  [toothy smiles]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Location: Dabney Alley 4, south wall, across from room 19 (now D47)

Photo: Jess Gray ’05
(detail)

 

  [Viking canvas]

(’96 — ?)

Artist: Mike Stage ’97

Painted for Interhouse.

Location: Blacker

 

  [viscosity poem]

(’98 or earlier — ’06)

Artist: Clifford Ellgen ’99

Richardson was the first to apply mathematical models to meteorology. The poem was written in 1920.

(Additional information)

Location: Dabney stairs from Alley 1 to Alley 2

Big whorls have little whorls
Which feed on their velocity,
And little whorls have lesser whorls
And so on to viscosity.
–– Lewis F. Richardson

 

  [we don’t swim in your toilet]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  [Winnie–the–Pooh and friends]

(’04 or earlier — ’04 or later)

Based on the Disney characters.

Location: Dabney Alley 4

Photo: Jess Gray ’05

 

  X–Men

(ca. ’79 — ca. ’79 or later)

Artist: Bruce Miller ’80

From the comic book series. About 3’ high x 2’ wide.

Location: Dabney Alley 5, south wall, west end

β α μ

 

  Yoramnifera

(ca. ’80 — ca. ’80 or later)

A reference to Yoram Meroz.

Location: Dabney

 

  [Youthink]

(graffito)

(’87 or earlier — ’87 or later)

Location: Dabney in an unknown alley

Photo: Coral Clark

 

  ZAR

(before fall ’89 — summer ’93)

The word “ZAR” (a card game popular in Blacker) as an ambigram.

Location: Blacker Swamp, right of door to courtyard


  Acknowledgements:

 

Jens Alfke ’87

Coral Clark

Marziah Karch

Mason Porter ’98

Steve Smith ’78

Steve Allen ’82

Jeff Cox ’04

Alan Kleinsasser ’74

C.P. Price ’76

Ray Spears ’73

Kent Asmussen ex ’69

Eric Eichorn ’81

Andrea Kung ’05

Paul Ré ’72

Tory Sturgeon ’02

Brian Aydemir ’04

Shelley Erwin

Josh Kurutz ’89

Priya Rai ’97

Jason Surace ’92

Adam Azarchs ’05

Brent Eubanks ’95

Tom Lechner ex ’95

Anne Rajala ’06

Steve Sweeney ’76

Christoph Baranec ’01

Jim Fruchterman ’80

Yorkman Lowe ex ’72

Jean Richter ’81

Mike(y) Thien ’82

Chandra Barnett ’07

Steve Gabriel ex ’70

Cathy Marshall ’77

Gunnar Ristroph ’06

Dalina Thrift-Viveros ’07

Mark Bartelt ’69

Stuart Goodnick ’84

Raquel Martinez ’08

Erich Schneider ’91

Eric Uhrhane ’96

Ram Basu ’84

Jess Gray ’05

John McCluskey III ’81

Allen Schwenk ’68

Jonathan Vos Post ’73

Annaliese Beery ex ’97

Megan Guichard ’04

Rory McKenna

Joel Seely ’86

Fred Ware ’74

John Bender PhD ’07

Jennifer Hawley ’08

Cindy (Machacek) Noble ’94

Steve Shaiman ’72

Frank Zdybel ’71

Clark Brooks ’83

Heidi Hofer ’96

Seth Noble ’94

Chelsea Sharon ’07

Augusto Callejas ’01

Everett Howe ’86

Barbara Novak ’98

Tatyana Shatova ’08

Julian Chen ’93

Nick Hutzler ’07

Bonnie Petheram ex ’83

Ben Smith ’94