By Anna Daniels for the San Diego Free Press on October 15, 2015

Artist Perry Vasquez provides some context for how the artwork evolved. It started in a bar over drinks with co-editor of the book Jim Miller...

We wanted to somehow involve San Diego’s signature architectural landmark, Hotel Del, in a disaster scenario. So I went down to the beach to shoot it from a variety of angles to get a real feel for the lay of the land. Why on fire? Well, fire offers an interesting technical challenge for a painter — it’s pure pyrotechnics. Of course there is also the famous film with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, "Some Like it Hot," which was shot at the hotel...Also, Hotel Del isn’t actually visible from the pickets at Friendship Park but including both of them on the cover was a good way of making the border visually present. The calavera is there to provide a certain noir point of view for the viewer...

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Perry Vasquez is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alum. For more about his work, please visit:

Image is courtesy of the San Diego City Works Press.


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