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Corner of Union and Buchanan Streets, before empty lot, now Bank of America

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Terry Fox, Public Theater #3: What Do Blindmen Dream? (1969)

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In Public Theater #3: What do Blind Men Dream, Fox arranged for two blind street musicians who sang at the same downtown San Francisco corner every evening to appear instead at the corner of Union and Buchanan Streets and mailed invitations to the event. What Do Blind Men Dream was in a sense a readymade - in Fox’s words, “theater with no directors, no actors, no plot and no script." (Lewallen and Moss 2011: 34)

I did public theater, but those weren’t really performances, they were – street situations. That was in 1969 – I did one a month, and I just made announcements, printed them myself. The performances were on street corners, like one was on he corner of Fillmore and McAllister. One was indoors at Anne Halprin’s studio, and it took place simultaneously with Wolf Vostell in Cologne […] there was one that I set up – the one where I transposed a blind lady from Market Street to Union Street where she sang and played her accordion in front of a huge construction pit, from sunset until dark. (Fox 2000: 81) 

There was one that I set up – the one where I transposed a blind lady from Market Street to Union Square where she sang and played her accordion in front of a huge construction pit, from sunset until dark. (Fox in White 1979: 10)