My wife and I drove to San Francisco for a week-long vacation, and this is one of the tourist attractions that we stopped to look at in Golden Gate Park. The statue is called "Cupid's Span" or "Cupid's Arrow."

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 12, 2012 @ 11:25 p.m.

That is not GG art work though!


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 12, 2012 @ 11:27 p.m.

The two buildings on the very right of the pic are 1 Market Plaze @ the Embarcaderro/Fishermans Wharf across from the Ferry Building on the Bay, the two towers are the Spear and Stuart Street towers, I used to work in one of them.


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 12, 2012 @ 11:28 p.m.

This park location looks like it is at the old YMCA, they must have torn the YMCA down.


tomjohnston Aug. 13, 2012 @ 1:37 p.m.

I don't think it is, surfpuppy619. It's been a long, long time, but I think you must mean the Embarcadero Y on Steuart St., the tall brick building. I think it's still there. but this sculpture is in a little park right on the water. The person who took this had to have been on the walkway right at the water's edge, looking to the northwest, if I have my directions right. The bay bridge would be behind them, over their left shoulder. We saw this probably about 5 years ago, I think, but it's been there for a while. maybe 10 years or so.


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 13, 2012 @ 3:34 p.m.

Yeah, it was on Steuart (sp??) or close to Steuart, and it did have several levels. There was a dirt lot between the Y and the water-maybe when they told the old two story embarcadero freeway down they built this...but I knew instantly the Market Plaza buildings, and from there the approximate location.........


tomjohnston Aug. 13, 2012 @ 4:59 p.m.

You know, it's right in that area. If I remember, and like I said, it's been a long time, the 480 started the bend back towards the city right about Howard St. and then went along Folsom, around Rincon Hill and then you either swung back around to take the Bay Bridge or continued on west. This park is at Folsom and Embarcadero, on the bay side. On the south side, are a couple of restaurants and to the north is the park. I think where it is would have been a little ways from the freeway. Where the park is, Embarcadero takes a little jog away from the water to go around it. I remember the road following the curve of the land and going right past the piers.I remember back in the '90's, the land was empty. My memory is a little vague, but as I remember it, CalTrans owned the land between Howard and Folsom to possibly be used as an extension off of the 480. Obviously, after the Loma Prieta quake, the project was scrapped, and CalTrans legally obligated to put the land up for for sale. Here's where it gets a little vague, or maybe convoluted. SFO was going to by the land, but the founder of the GAP wanted it too, because they wanted to build their corporate hq. The Gap ended up with it and the city gave them something like $20 million in various "breaks" to build their new hq there. The founder of the Gap was the one who got to choose the sculpture for the park. There was a whole series of articles, in the SF Chronicle I believe, about the whole deal and there was a whole lot more involved. If i can find the article later, I'll post a link. It will sound very familiar to anyone living in SD.


tomjohnston Aug. 14, 2012 @ 1:40 p.m.

This will be interesting reading to anyone who's been in SD for a while and will have a familiar ring to it.


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 14, 2012 @ 3 p.m.

Wow, that was too long, I read the first page, and could see exactly where it was going tho! This corporate welfare is probably going on in every major city, heck even minor cities, money buys favors, always has and always will unfortunately.


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 14, 2012 @ 3:14 p.m.

OK, just finished the article, yes, it was a give away similar to the ball park deals here in SD.....


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 14, 2012 @ 2:56 p.m.

I just google mapped this park it is one block over/south of the YMCA which is still there, and that would have been where the old freeway was, so it looks like they built this after the freeway was is a beautiful little park, and I am surprised the old Y is still there-they must own that building.........nice area, very nice park, cool park, love the sculpture! It is a fact I have not been in this area since I worked there decades ago......Morrison and Foerster, 1 Market Plaza, Spear Tower. Now MoFo owns their own building.


tomjohnston Aug. 14, 2012 @ 4:59 p.m.

It was built after the freeway was demo-ed. When I was at Berkeley, I still lived in the city most of the time. For a while, I lived down off Chestnut, not too far from Fillmore, then my wife and I got a place together up on Van Ness, a few blocks north of city hall. We took Van Ness down to the freeway, the 101 I think, over to the 80 and across the bridge. I don't remember anything but piers along there back then. At one point we lived in North Beach and went right by there on the freeway almost every day. Too bad BART wasn't around back then. LOL


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 15, 2012 @ 2:34 a.m.

When I worked at 1 Market Plaze, I rode BART over from Conta Costa CO everyday. Can't believe that YMCA is still there after all these years....


tomjohnston Aug. 15, 2012 @ 11:39 a.m.

surfpuppy619, where were you when the Loma Priet quake hit? My wife and I were actually in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz was one of our get away places when we were in college. Some friends in SFO had tickets for us for game 2, so were took some vaca days and spent the weekend in SC and were heading up north the next day. We were just about to walk in to a bar and sit down to watch the game when it hit. Scariest thing ever!!


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 15, 2012 @ 7:02 p.m.

I was long gone when the quake hit...I used to hit Santa Cruz fairly often, and my favorite beach Capitola.


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