Happy Easter everyone from California!! This photo is actually one of three heads displayed as Street Art Work, located at the Embarcadero in San Francisco. There are so many Street Art and sculptures located in this area, that it will take your breath away how talented people and the city have become. Below is some history of the Embarcadero taken from Wikipedia at the following web address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Embarcadero_(San_Francisco)
The Embarcadero is the eastern waterfront and roadway of the Port of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, along San Francisco Bay, constructed atop an engineered seawall on reclaimed land, and derives its name from the Spanish verb embarcar, meaning "to embark". Embarcadero itself means "the place to embark".
The Embarcadero right-of-way begins at the intersection of Second and King Streets near AT&T Park, and travels north, passing under the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. The sidewalk along the waterfront between Harrison Street and Broadway was named "Herb Caen Way..." after the death of celebrated local columnist Herb Caen in 1997. The three dots, or ellipsis, deliberately are included in honor of columnist Herb Caen's Pulitzer Prize winning writing style. The Embarcadero continues north past the Ferry Building at Market Street, Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier 39, before ending at Pier 45. A section of The Embarcadero which ran between Folsom Street and Drumm Street was formerly known as East Street.
San Francisco's shoreline historically ran south and inland from Clarke's Point below Telegraph Hill to present-day Montgomery Street and eastward toward Rincon Point, enclosing a cove named Yerba Buena Cove. As the city grew, the cove was filled. Over fifty years a large offshore seawall was built and the mudflats filled, creating what today is San Francisco's Financial District. The San Francisco Belt Railroad, a short line railroad for freight, ran along The Embarcadero. The roadway follows the seawall, a boundary first established in the 1860s and not completed until the 1920s.
During the early-20th century when the seaport was at its busiest and before the construction of the Bay Bridge, the trolley loop, now the trolley plaza, in front of the Ferry Building was one of the busiest areas of foot traffic in the world; only Charing Cross Station in London and Grand Central Terminal in New York City were busier. Piers 1, 1½, 3 and 5, that now comprise the Central Embarcadero Piers Historic District, were dedicated chiefly to inland trade and transport. These connections facilitated the growth of communities in the Sacramento- and San Joaquin Valleys and fostered California's agricultural business. The Delta Queen docked at Pier 1½, ferrying people between San Francisco and Sacramento. There was once a pedestrian footbridge that connected Market Street directly with the Ferry building and a subterranean roadway to move cars below the plaza. In the earliest days, a maze of cable car tracks terminated here, servicing the ferry commuters. These were eventually replaced by a loop for several streetcar lines.
During World War II, San Francisco's waterfront became a military logistics center; troops, equipment and supplies left the Port in support of the Pacific theater. Almost every pier and wharf was involved in military activities, with troop ships and naval vessels tied up all along the Embarcadero.
However, after the completion of the Bay Bridge and the rapid decline of ferries and the Ferry Building, the neighborhood fell into decline. The transition to container shipping, which moved most shipping to Oakland, led to further decline. Automobile transit efforts led to the Embarcadero Freeway being built in the 1960s. This improved automobile access to the Bay Bridge, but detracted aesthetically from the city. For 30 years, the highway divided the waterfront and the Ferry Building from downtown. It was torn down in 1991, after being severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
After the freeway had been cleared, massive redevelopment began as a grand palm-lined boulevard was created, squares and plazas were created and/or restored, and Muni's N Judah and T Third Street and F Market & Wharves lines were extended to run along it, with the N and T lines going south from Market Street to Fourth and King Streets (at AT&T Park and the Caltrain station) and the F line going north from Market to Fisherman's Wharf. The Market Street Railway is also planning a new ‘E’ line to run up the Embarcadero, past the wharves, to Aquatic Park.
A sculpture, "Cupid's Span" by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, was built in 2003 along the Rincon Park area. Resembling Cupid's bow and arrow with the arrow implanted in the ground, the statue was inspired by San Francisco's reputation as the home port of Eros, hence the stereotypical bow and arrow of Cupid.
Again, HAPPY EASTER WORLD!!!!
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jester5 (1952) 2012-04-08 7:38
Not often one can get right up someone's nose is it? This looks like a fun sculpture Buddy and I love your chosen point of view and the detail you have achieved.
An egghead winking,a lovely way of saying Happy Easter and thank you for the very interesting notes.
Hope your Easter is good too.
altay1364 (0) 2012-04-08 8:17
Iyi bir calisma.selamlar
jhm (135806) 2012-04-08 9:18
This is truly a specially Easter egg.
The creator has a very good image made.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Excellent composition, nice done, TFS.
Have a nice Easterday,
siudzi (32649) 2012-04-08 9:24
Wow! What a great and fun post for Easter time! Really impressive art as well your wonderful image taken with superb sharpness and clarity. Happy Easter!
Miguel82 (20950) 2012-04-08 9:24
A beautiful composition and a good idea
A well sharpened picture, nice colors
have a nice sunday
josepmarin (57587) 2012-04-08 10:42
A fantastic close-up for to catch this sculpture, in an image very sharp and with a good light. You have an excellent idea when you use this image as a graphical metaphor, because of the fact that this head looks like an egg.
It's a good work.
A Happy Easter for you also.
Sonata11 (33179) 2012-04-08 21:52
fantastic composition of this head excellently executed. Impressively beautiful management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity, great POV and DOF as well. I love it. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
diomed (13926) 2012-04-09 2:16
a curious and sympathic capture: a very aspecial Easter egg! Excellent POV, sharp clarity.
Happy after Easter
Cricri (101805) 2012-04-09 11:52
Quel étonnement en voyant cet oeuf de Pâque, vous avez le sens de l'humour, qui me plaît :-) intéressante sculpture bonne lumière et cadrage au top
divail (8288) 2012-04-09 19:22
Le regard de cette oeuvre d'art est particulier et très vivant. Cette tête ressemble à une autre oeuvre que j'ai vue à Paris près de l'Église St-Eustache.
sacavem (18610) 2012-04-11 3:57
This egg is special :)
Funny and well seen, have a good Easter.
danyy (0) 2012-04-11 6:03
Une composition audacieuse et très spéciale Buddy,
en tous cas elle est bien cadrée de près et offre un grand niveau de détails.
Un ville de San Francisco qui n'est jamais avare en matière d'art.
rhinos59 (610) 2012-04-12 7:04
Excellent framing and very nice light,very impressive photo! Well done!
delpeoples (52731) 2012-04-17 3:37
Love your title and what an unusual subject, definitely out of your comfort zone of magnificent landscapes. I like the tight framing, the good warm light which accentuates the light and shadow. Fantastic shot, and I hope you had a good Easter.
GREGG (7888) 2012-05-23 12:48
good composition, interesting and good quality frame,
Noel_Byrne (21448) 2012-07-11 3:18
What a cool expression! He looks as if he just fell over in the sand and is lying there saying Ouch. Great composition and crop, and a really great note!
Thanks for sharing