Sunday, November 7, 2010

art life down the decades


down the decades, originally uploaded by deanv41.

What was once San Francisco's Skid Row has transformed over decades into an arts district called Yerba Buena Gardens.
Here, a glass representation of a shipwreck goes down by fountains of water. In the background is San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's current temple, Mario Botta's 1995 Venetian-inspired new Italian eye and garrison of great & challenging ideas. Ever expanding, to a roof garden & soon another addition around the block facing Howard Street; the site is pulsing with art. The acquisition of The Fisher Collection this past year makes SFMoMA the world player, the setter of bars when the new addition opens around 2013.
Behind it rises 140 New Montgomery Street, Timothy Pflueger's 1925 neo-Gothic skyscraper, a masterpiece on the 20th century skyline, currently vacant but soon to be residential condominiums. I'd love to live there in the next life.
And running toward me is a child of The City -- all full of color & joy -- mindless of the shipwreck, eyes on the future.

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