Yes. The city needs more public art like this and less aerosol emoji sprayed on alley walls by dudes wearing Giants caps.
The San Francisco Arts Commission voted to approve a new $1.5 million public artwork by sculptor Roxy Paine on Monday. And we adore it. Looks like a big dramatic twig stabbing the sun. Bold. Daring. Very necessary. Drink it in.
Paine is known in art circles for his large-scale stainless steel tree-like sculptures. (Check out his work here, here, here, and here.) This proposed sculpture will be located in a public plaza in front of the Central Subway Yerba Buena/Moscone Station at 4th and Clementina streets.
Specifics? "The 110-foot-tall curvilinear sculpture will taper from a diameter of 48 inches at the base to ¼ inch at the peak," notes the SF Arts Commission, adding, "Titled Node, the sculpture is described by the artist as a growth that emerges from a confluence of underground manmade systems that are the lifeline for the city."
Node's big reveal will coincide with the opening of the Central Subway way down in 2019. If you don't like it, you have more than enough time to move to Orinda where you belong.
Speaking of public art in San Francisco, we cannot recommend Arts for the City: Civic Art and Urban Change rabidly enough. The recent release chronicles public art in the city from 1932-2013, boasting a slew of photos and insight on some of your favorite (and not so favorite) art that you see on a daily basis. A must for any San Franciscan. Buy it here.