This is the most prominent piece of art at Eni Green’s house at 3026 Harper Street that is visible from the street
A large Doggie Diner head with the DD chef’s hat and a bow tie overlooks the gate and the yard, a reminder of the glory that was the small Bay Area fast food chain that went wiener-belly-up in 1986. Billboard and ad layout designer Harold Bachman created the dog heads.
Emeryville’s John Law, a neon artist known for his role in the early years of Burning Man, has three old Doggie Diner heads that he famously parades around the Bay Area on a trailer. Eni has one, beautifully restored, that she bought at a garage sale. Yes, a Doggie Diner head at a garage sale!
Eni Green has loved dachshunds (hard to spell correctly) since she got her first when she was 16, Mitzala. Many more since then.
Eni Green is a collector. It started innocently. Her Ithaca College Spanish professor Eduardo de Aguero gave her a painting he had made. She started collecting and – no looking back!
So love of dachshunds + collecting = a very quirky Ashby-BART-adjacent Berkeley home.
Her front yard is filled with bigger dachshund pieces.
There is a Bulwinkle version of the Doggie Diner head over the driveway. Note the initials “MB” where one would expect the Doggie Diner “DD.”
There are a number of pieces commissioned from Patrick Amiot. The gate leading to the walk to the front steps is Amiot’s:
A big long one snakes up the stairs.
Paintings cover all walls of her home, a look that Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas would approve. Also: her mother’s miniature porcelain shoe collection, hundreds of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls, Buster Brown, Nipper the RCA Victor dog, and pre-Cuisinart food choppers. And a carousel horse and a telephone booth. And more.
Green has a moveable number of flesh-and-blood dachshunds and she walks them regularly. It is not uncommon to encounter her on the sidewalk near her house, doxie(s) in tow.
I asked my friend to take a look at the draft re-post here. He did. “It’s a trip how a professor gives her a painting and her life changes. Something little. Butterfly effect or something like that.” He is all about the butterfly effect and dynamical systems etc.
Yes, I conceded, a small thing can launch an unexpected trajectory. But what about the post?