San Francisco city skyline
The city of San Francisco is a surprising mix of every kind of culture you can find in America. It’s the place to be, whether you are an upstart techie with dreams of a startup or a misfit with a hundred different visions waiting to be poured out onto a canvas or into words. Here, you’re welcomed by rolling hills, Victorian era landmarks, long and pleasant summers and foggy days that blanket the mighty Golden Gate bridge. The City has plenty to offer to the intrepid traveler, especially those with whose hearts beat for art. Here’s a look at some places in the city where you’ll find incredible works of art to feast your eyes on. ALSO READ: Looking for a non-stop flight to San Francisco?
The City Hall
San Francisco City Hall illuminated in rainbow colors in honor of Pride Week
The expansive City Hall, a Beaux-Arts monument built during the final years of the American Renaissance in 1915, has always been a thing to admire. The People’s Palace is the highlight of the Civic Center Plaza, and in 2015 it became home to a digital multimedia projection system by Obscura Digital. The system was first used in the City Hall’s centennial celebrations, and is now used for events to project everything from cherry blossoms to dragons to forests.
The Bay Lights
Lights along the Bay Bridge
Designed by the legendary artist Leo Villareal, the Bay Lights is an art installation that runs along the entire length of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. It was built on the western side of the bridge to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bridge’s opening, with 25,000 white LED lights spread across 2.9 kilometers of cables. The result is a monumental work of art, first envisioned as just a temporary set up but now permanently installed and re-lit, lighting up the bridge that connects the city to Yerba Buena Island. CHECK OUT: 8 inspiring statues of Mahatma Gandhi across the world
Evening at San Francisco
Located on the sprawling Port of San Francisco, Bayview Rise is a project dedicated to the culture and community of Bayview itself. It is an ever-moving mural at the Pier 92 silos of the port, on Islais Creek, with imagery that changes and distorts as you get closer. Lighting effects animate the imagery during nights, but Bayview Rise is just as beautiful to watch and experience throughout the day. The mural was created as a way to welcome people into Bayview Hunters Point.
Art Deco Brilliance
140 New Montgomery Street, also called the Pacific Bell Building or PacBell Building
In a city dominated by Victorian and modern architecture, Art Deco Brilliance is one of the few large buildings that celebrate and reflect the iconic Art Deco style. Located at 140 New Montgomery Street, the 26-storey Pacific Telegraph & Telephone Building has an L-shaped floor plan and lies close to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The spotlights outside highlight the strong lines of the buildings, one of the first skyscrapers to tower above the city back in 1925. NOW READ: 10 spectacular waterfront cities in the world!
San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco Airport, Photograph courtesy: San Francisco Tourism
You don’t have to travel far to see the art of San Francisco. The city’s new 221-foot Airport Traffic Control Tower is a work of art in itself, completed in 2015. Spare some time at the pre-security public corridor of the airport, at the base of the tower. Look right up towards the west face of the tower, where a glass ‘waterfall’ reflects sunlight by day and hundreds of LED lights glow and ebb by night. The color patterns change especially during major events, but even on a normal evening they are a sight to behold.