Bay Street, Laguna Street
I fell in love with this the moment I laid eyes on it. There is something so simple and yet amusing about this piece. It is 25 feet long and made of stainless steel.
The piece is part of the city’s Civic Art Collection. The description states that it pays homage to ships that carried early settlers to the San Francisco Bay. During the Gold Rush, hundreds of people who arrived at the harbor abandoned their ships. These eventually had to be sunk and became the landfill on which the Marina District sits.
This is one of the few pieces I was able to find the price of – $60,000 in 2010. I also got a kick out of the fact that welded into the prow is “Rico-welder”, a man that was justifiably proud of his work, and an artist that is willing to share the credit.