Below are all of the pictures of public art that I happened to take on my last solo trip to San Francisco, in February 2020.
Dozens of ambulances, all perfectly lined up, headed down the freeway towards the hospital.
My cousin and I had just finished cleaning up our Thanksgiving dinner, over which our relatives had lamented over all of the “propaganda.”
“That virus is not real,” they said. “It’s not even as bad as the flu.”
Now we were watching the reality unfold on the news.
Just a few days earlier, I had purchased my Christmas present to myself: four round solo bus trips to San Francisco.
Early February, as I sat on the bus, listening to a cough that I did not quite recognize from nursing school, I knew that I was hearing COVID-19 for the first time.
When I got sick, my family said, “The virus isn’t even in this country!” But then, a few months later, officials discovered that the virus had, in fact, been in San Francisco by January 2020, or perhaps even earlier.
I ended up having to cancel the other three bus trips, and didn’t return to visit the city again until late last year. Below are some of the pics from that last solo trip, in February 2020.
The National AIDS Memorial Grove is one of my favorite places to walk around in the Golden Gate Park area. The names in the circle are of people who were affected by AIDS, as well as donors to the Memorial Grove.
If I remember correctly, this tree was just behind the Circle of Friends. The cranes were made from several different patterns of rainbow origami paper, dipped in beeswax (to protect from rain), and then hung by paperclips.
The cranes are probably no longer there, since they were just a temporary art installation. They are not an “official” feature of the grove.
The next two pictures were taken at Japan Center Malls.
I wish I had more information on the figure in the kimono. As you can see from my picture, there was no informational sign.
I loved the Zen Garden under the stairs, and thought it was pretty cool how the stairs were designed to look like a bridge over the garden.
The next picture is of some graffiti on a rainbow lip mural near Calle 24 Latino Cultural District:
And, finally, the Conservatory of Flowers, one of my favorite places in the whole entire world:
It was actually free museum that day, so, technically, the pictures that I took inside of the Conservatory (and De Young) were also free– but, to adhere to the rules of this challenge (free public art only), I will save them for a later time.
Written for PPAC (Photographing Public Art Challenge) #59: A Quick Trip to San Francisco #ppac