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Chronological listing of selected Bay Area Public Art (1981-1986).

La Chiffoniere
1978, Financial District, "La Chiffoniere"
Foot of Market Street, San Francisco.
Jean Dubuffet (France).

[M. Justin Herman] Plaza's other sculptures include a 1978 stainless steel with black epoxy tracings statue by the French artist Jean Dubuffet (Personal observation).

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John C. Portman, Jr.  (Georgia), 'The Tulip'
1981, Financial District, "The Tulip"
Clay-Battery-Sacramento-Drumm Sts., San Francisco.
John C. Portman, Jr.

The [Embarcadero Center] towers, clad in rough-finished, precast concrete, are composed of slablike elements stepped to create 10 to 14 corner offices per floor instead of the usual four. Their slender profiles are a welcome departure from the heavier towers on the skyline. The city's requirement that one percent of development money be spent for art has endowed the Center with a number of works of art, including sculptures by Willi Gutman, Michael Biggers, Nicholas Schoffer, Anne Van Kleeck, Louise Nevelson, Barbara Showcroft, and Robert Russin.

The great interior space [of the Hyatt Regency Hotel] has a monumental spherical sculpture of aluminum tubing by Charles Perry titled Eclipse (Woodbridge and Woodbridge 1992: 34).

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1982, Civic Center, "Double L Excentric Gyratory"
Larkin and Grove Sts., San Francisco.
George Rickey.

(Blanchard 2002: D1).

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Monadock Building Sculpture Garden: 'Figure Four'
1983, Financial District, "Figure Four"
685 Market St., San Francisco.
Nathan Oliveira

Monadock Building Sculpture Garden: Bronze with patina, 40" x 21-3/4" x 30" (Personal observation).

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Bronze sculpture 'Angel'
1983, Financial District, "Angel"
720 Market St., San Francisco.
Stephen de Staebler.

Several years ago a winged bronze figure by Bay Area's sculptor Stephen de Staebler appeared without fanfare, nestled against a building facade on Market Street.

Looking gnawed by time, as de Stabler's figures typically do, it reads as an elegy for the waning of humanism, in the symbolic form of a ruined angel. By not overreaching in scale, content or its bid for attention, the piece achieves an improbable grandeur (Baker, Keneth, San Francisco Chronicle, 12.23.02: D8).

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Monadock Building Sculpture Garden: 'Teatrox'
1984, Financial District, "Teatrox"
685 Market St., San Francisco.
Herk Van Tongeren

Monadock Building Sculpture Garden: Bronze with patina, 108" x 184" x 89" (Personal observation).

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George Segal 'Holocaust Memorial'
1984, Sea Cliff/Richmond, "Holocaust Memorial"
California Palace of the Legion of Honor on Lincoln Way, San Francisco.
George Segal.

(Blanchard 2002: D1).

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'Aurora' 'Aurora'
1985, Financial District, "Aurora"
188 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.
Ruth Asawa.

[Bayside Plaza was] designed to reflect its waterside location with a sculpture by Ruth Asawa in front (Woodbridge and Woodbridge 1992: 36).

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Monadock Building Sculpture Garden: 'Dancers'
1985, Financial District, "Dancers"
685 Market St., San Francisco.
Bryan Hunt

Monadock Building Sculpture Garden: Bronze with patina on limestone base, 54" x 25" x 25" (Personal observation).

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Slate sculpture 'Maori Column'
1985, Financial District, "Maori Column"
behind Argent Hotel between Market and Mission Sts., San Francisco.
Alan Shepp.

Slate sculpture (Personal observation).

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Abbreviations

add = Additions; nm = No Mention; rem = Remodelled; rest = Restoration