New and Venerable Institutions: Cupid's Span
On the weekend of November 24, 2002, San Francisco installed its newest public art, Claes Oldenburg's "Cupid's Span." The 60-foot bow and arrow appears to be partially driven into the ground, as if it fell from heaven. The sculpture graces a new waterfront park along the Embarcadero between the Ferry Building and the Bay Bridge. The beholder will either love "Cupid's Span" or hate, hate, hate it. Objects of public sculpture that have been rejected by the City in the past include a giant foot by Buster Simpson, a rusty tower by Richard Serra, and a giant peace sign by Tony Labat.

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Detail V: Coffee Cup Lawn Sculpture

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