Friday, March 11, 2011

Public art in San Francisco

I was just talking to my gorgeous friend, Annette, this morning and she mentioned how she had gone to dinner last night at Jamie Oliver's new restaurant in London which actually overlooks St. Paul's Cathedral. How gorgeous does that sound? Anyway, it got us both thinking that we often neglect the Cities that we live in and fail to take advantage of all that's around us.

San Francisco has a wealth of public art that's totally free for us to enjoy. No entrance fees.... Here are some of my favourites.

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s "Cupid's Span" at Rincon Park

Ecstasy by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito

Grace Cathedral has two labyrinths.
The outdoor labyrinth is made of terrazzo stone and is located
to the right of the cathedral doors. The indoor labyrinth is open
during cathedral hours. The labyrinth has only one path so there
are no tricks to it and no dead ends!

Doug Hollis' "Rain Column" at the Rincon Center

Masayuki Nagare's "Transcendence," at the
Bank of America Building also fondly known as the
"Banker's Heart." Picture courtesy of The Chronicle.

"Eclipse" at the Hyatt Regency.
Chronicle photo by Mark Costantini.

On 65th Street in Emeryville, Brian Goggin's
"Herd Instinct" includes steel sculptures of
Queen Anne furniture run amok.
Chronicle photo by Mark Costantini.

Crouching Spider by Louise Bourgeois.
Pier 14 San Francisco.

Finally, something to look forward to:
Tim Hawkinson's monumental sculpture to be installed
at the new Transbay Transit Center. The artist’s proposal is for
a 41-foot figurative sculpture made from the demolished remains
of the old Transbay Terminal and has been approved by the
Transbay Joint Powers Authority!

Please leave a comment and let me know some of your favourites and maybe we can find some hidden treasures for us all to share.

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