David Was Here Again

Visit David at www.instagram.com/David_Was_Here_Again or https://www.facebook.com/groups/davidwashereagain. Let us know if you have some of David’s art and we’ll publish it.

April 20, 2019

David left this piece at the Villanova SEPTA station on February 16. One of our favorites. If you’ve seen it, let us know and send us a picture!


April 19, 2019

David believes that art should be accessible to everyone.


April 18, 2019

Look what ICHOOSEGRAY found! Send us pictures of you with the David Gerbstadt art that you have found!


April 17, 2019

David’s mom wasn’t so happy when she discovered he had been giving away dozens and dozens of his piece. David told here, “I don’t care, I’m painting on trash!” This one, an early monster from 1994, was constructed using found skid pallets hammered together and paint that people gave him. Do you have this piece? Let us know and send us a photo!


April 16, 2019

A little socio-political commentary the day after tax day.

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April 15, 2019

In honor of the Boston Marathon, we thought we’d share a story of David’s exploits at the Boston Marathon years ago.

April 13 and 14, 2019

57006248_10161441553065214_5098639038101848064_nDavid’s revolutionary approach to art is evidenced by creative methods of distribution. As you pull up to his home, you’ll find an upcycled newspaper box that has been transformed into a “pay what you want for my art” distribution site (see picture above). Just deposit money into the slot and lift the handle to find art inside.

April 12, 2019

Almost all of David’s materials and supplies are recycled or donated. As such, he doesn’t like to cut or otherwise remove parts of his canvases like this piece of plywood with wire for hanging.


April 11, 2019

Anyone know what this is? A payphone. In this photo, David’s father makes a call with a fish on the ledge of the payphone in 2000.


April 10, 2019







David believes that art should be available to everyone. As part of The Shipley School’s Impact Week, middle schoolers colored in templates from David, pasted them to plywood and shared them with someone. #BeKind #YouAreLoved


April 9, 2019

Here’s David presenting to an Art class at Tredyffrin Middle School twenty years ago. Stay tuned for photos from an amazing visit to The Shipley School where David is presenting today.


April 8, 2019

David and his helpers used a screw gun with stripped screws to display work on unused advertising boards at the Ardmore train station. The pieces stayed up for weeks. Do you have this one?


April 7, 2019

David offers packs of Be Kind buttons for only $1 per button plus $5 shipping on orders <250. No order too big or small. To order, send payment with contact information via paypal.me/davidgerbstadt or venmo.com/Center4SelfCare.


April 6, 2019

“Things Are Just Things” – David’s car outside Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School for an art presentation to students in the mid 90s.


April 5, 2019

This is one of the original signs from the mid ’90s. Listen to the story of Kyle’s Grandpa and the Red Car at the 8:18-9:33 minute mark of our most recent podcast, https://soundcloud.com/user-211379348/david-was-here-again-project-launch, also available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/david-was-here-again-project-launch/id1073971853?i=1000433825230&mt=2.



April 4, 2019

This photo from 1993 shows David at his first art show with his mother. At the bottom right, you’ll see his first “monster,” derived from imagery of ancient Mayan and Incan traditions. This one was “furry” and he “just scribbled it” using oil stick and pen on cardboard. Do you have a monster piece? Let us know and send us a photo!


April 3, 2019

This piece declaring “Never Give Up” was left in Narbeth, PA in February, 2019 on Haverford Avenue near the Narberth train station. Do you have this piece? Let us know and send us a photo!


April 2, 2019


In 1998, David painted shipping envelopes and staple-gunned them to telephone poles. Guess what was in the package? He included a hand-drawn t-shirt! David says, “That’s crazy!” This piece was left in Philadelphia. Do you have this piece or one of his t-shirts? Let us know and send us a photo!


April 1, 2019

Untitled-681Center For Self-Care is proud to partner with our friend David Gerbstadt for a new project, Dave Was Here Again. David is a Berwyn-based artist who believes that art is for everyone. David’s story is one of radical self-care through the expression of his art and radical connection through how he shares it.


David leaves his art in public places. Over time, he has left well over 5,000 pieces across the Philadelphia area and the world! A photo, bio and note on the back allows finders to send him messages and photos. With our new project, we hope to find some of these pieces and see where they’ve gone.  If you’ve got one, let us know.

We invite you to listen to our latest podcast where David and Marc describe the project including stories of some of the art he has left including the “You Are Beautiful” sign that graces the cover of this post. Amazingly, the family that found this sign ran in to David later the same day over an hour away! Listen to this and more:

Over the next 100 days, we’ll be posting photos, stories and videos on instagram, https://www.instagram.com/David_Was_Here_Again/. Please follow us and help us track the stories and his works as they circle the globe. Below, you’ll find a video of a recent art