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From The NYT
Remembering Warhol: A Tomato Soup Can and a Pocketful of Coins
By SEAN D. HAMILL and IAN URBINA
BETHEL PARK, Pa., Feb. 22 — For 20 years, it has appeared every month: one Campbell’s tomato soup can and a pocketful of change left on the plain black granite tombstone.
Claire Gibson, who has tended Andy Warhol’s grave since he died 20 years ago Thursday, said she has never figured out who is leaving the items at this Byzantine-Catholic cemetery alongside Route 88 just outside Pittsburgh. “I have my theories,” she said, “but we don’t know.”
The silk-screens, Brillo pads and boxes of crayons are occasional homage. The can and coins, however, are as consistent as the sun, Mrs. Gibson said.
A colorful man buried in this bland place, “Andy,” as people here call their native son, as opposed to the “Warhol” favored by New Yorkers, founded a genre of art that reveled in the temporary and the superficial. But the loyalty of local admiration could hardly be more enduring.
Others, often from out of town, leave cans too. “I can tell though which one is from this visitor,” said Mrs. Gibson, holding the lavender scouring powder she uses to scrub away the rust marks the can leaves after it rains.
The can and the change began appearing within a week after Warhol was buried. Mrs. Gibson speculated that the person behind the items was probably from near the cemetery and perhaps of the same Slovak background as Warhol. “They’re just too loyal to be anyone else, I think.”
John Warhola, Warhol’s 81-year-old brother (Andy dropped the “a” when he went to New York), said he noticed the can shortly after his brother’s death but has never figured out who left the items, or the significance of the coins.
The director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Thomas Sokolowski, said he was equally baffled by the mystery visitor but he recounted that several people at Warhol’s funeral tossed money on top of the casket as it was lowered. “They may be coins to pay for passage to the other side,” Mr. Sokolowski speculated.
Standing on a hillside where the only footprints in the virgin snow meander to this one plot at St. John the Baptist Cemetery where Warhol is buried alongside his mother and father, Mrs. Gibson said she fell into her duty because her husband dug Warhol’s grave.
“I feel lucky,” she said, interrupting herself as she began to cry. “I never knew him when he was alive, but I feel like I’ve become close to him after his death.”
Mr. Warhola said he is surprised by his brother’s continuing influence.
“I still don’t know what the attraction is,” he said. “Why people keep visiting him. Why there is so much love for him. I thought it would stop after a while.”
While some of Warhol’s New York friends lamented that he was taken from the city that made him famous, the decision on where to bury him was left to Mr. Warhola.
Warhol left a will, but never addressed where or how he should be buried. Mr. Warhola reasoned that, despite some who believed Warhol despised his hometown, he would want to be buried here, particularly near his mother’s grave.
“I thought it was only proper,” he said.
He recalled Warhol once famously saying: “I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there. I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment.’ ”
Mr. Sokolowski said that Warhol’s use of the word “figment” was true to his character. “What endeared people to him and continues to do so is that he was a self-creation,” said Mr. Sokolowski, who knew Warhol. “That’s what is so lasting.”
It was because Mrs. Gibson’s husband, Charles E. Gibson, 76, dug Andy’s grave — two feet deeper than normal to thwart would-be grave robbers — that she was asked by Mr. Warhola to maintain it. She is paid a small yearly sum by the Andy Warhol Foundation in New York. She said she has never raised her rate, and she preferred the dollar amount remain unmentioned.
The Gibsons’s son, Charles W. Gibson, 45, is at the cemetery even more than she is, doing maintenance work or digging a grave at least three times a month. In 27 years of working at the cemetery — Mr. Gibson recently took over the business from his father — he said he has never been there when he has not seen a Warhol fan at the grave, or looking for it.
“Most of them are younger people, 18- to 30-years-old, probably art students; a lot of punk-rocker-type people,” he said. But he said that unlike his mother, he is not a fan of Warhol’s work.
“I’ve never really seen it. I’ve never been to Andy Warhol’s museum,” he said. “ I mean, I’m a gravedigger. I bury 300 people a year.”
Picking up a casino chip and a soggy copy of Us magazine left at the base of the tombstone, Mrs. Gibson, a former florist, said she originally left bouquets with geraniums and marigolds at the grave, “m
former St. John's Signal Tower Gas Station, now Signal Station Pizza, 8302 N. Lombard, Portland, OR 97203, built 1939, style: Art Moderne
The building is constructed of sheet metal in an art moderne style with neon accents along the architectural lines. It opened for business in 1939. The gas pumps are Bennett model 541. The signs are custom reproductions. The St. John's Signal Tower Gas Station has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
One of Portland’s most successful restorations in the past decade has been the Signal Gas Station in the St. Johns neighborhood. About nine years ago, developer Rob Phillips, owner of Renovation Properties, had been searching for an antique gas station to restore. A classic car enthusiast as well as historic building contractor, Phillips wanted to create a completely authentic backdrop to showcase his and other’s antique automobiles. When a many-times remodeled St. Johns florist shop came on the market in 2002, Phillips recognized it as having the “bones” of a 1930s Signal Gas Station. For the next nine months, Phillips carefully documented and re-created even the most minute details of the building’s original appearance. When it was finished in 2003 it looked every bit as magnificent as it did on opening day June 2, 1939.
Recreating the building’s exact 1930s detailing was tedious, time-consuming, and took a lot of hard work, especially since no original photographs of the station existed. But Phillips also encountered a few instances of good fortune along the way. For example, when the plywood panels were pulled off the florist tower, its original “wedding cake” top popped up in all of its art-deco glory. Phillips was also able to make good use of “clues” he discovered in the building. The lack of maintenance over the years had left some original unpainted steel panels revealing “shadows” of signage placement. These panels also indicated the building’s original colors. In addition, Phillips deduced that the lines of tiny holes in the sheet metal facade indicated the exact placement of the neon tubing that had once encircled the building. During restoration, Phillips also came into possession of a 1930s specification book from Signal Gas Co. From this he was able to re-create the exact letters and colors of the 1930s signage. The large pole sign on the street was re-created from the spec book as well. The refurbished Signal Gas pumps are original to the building.
This restoration example illustrates how going the extra mile to research and document authentic detailing can pay off in superior results. Phillips has provided a gift to the St. Johns neighborhood as well as to the larger Portland area architectural community. Art Deco enthusiasts from as far afield as Los Angeles and New York have come to marvel at the streamlined, geometric lines of this classic “art modern” building (art modern being the more streamlined 1930s version of 1920s art deco.) Viewing the station’s neon outline at night has become especially popular, often in conjunction with a trip to the nearby Interstate Avenue Historic Neon District. Phillips indicated that he found this restoration project so satisfying that he is looking for another antique gas station to restore. Restored gas stations can be re-used in a number of ways. The St. Johns Signal Station (no longer in Phillips’s ownership) is now used as a pizza parlor. A distinctive building is always a good way to attract business.
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