John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Step into a world of ghostly shapes and meditative music with Hey Karl.
If you live in San Francisco you hear a lot about Karl messing up your commute and making you wet. He’s not some dude snarling traffic by crashing into fire hydrants, but the city’s iconic fog, supposedly named by a Twitter parodist after the lonely giant in Tim Burton’s Big Fish.
Karl can be a soupy nuisance for commuters, but San Francisco wouldn’t be complete without his dreamlike, transcendent qualities. Thanks to Dann Petty, they’re now on glorious display in Hey Karl, a moody, glitchlike short that shows how Pacific moisture can imbue the land with the dark beauty of a Kurosawa film.
Petty says via Twitter he made Hey Karl this June mainly to “practice shooting, but also bc Karl is one of my favorite things about SF. A free attraction. Very inspiring.” Have a look, and see if you can pick out all the colors in Karl’s wardrobe, whether they be Gull Gray, Gray Chateau, or Santas Gray.