On a cloudless Saturday in the late fall (San Francisco's summer), while strolling the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building down to the ballpark, how could you not leave your heart behind?
As if you weren't already on cloud nine, with a full belly from the famed Farmers' Market and visions of the Bay Bridge and the city in all her Indian Summer glory, you stumble upon the work commissioned in 2002 called Cupid's Span and you know it's all over. Could there be a more creative, more dynamic, or more colorful city on Earth? There's solid evidence that the answer to that question would be "no."
Always a favorite of mine, I snapped this shot on a recent Monday off while I was looking for visual inspiration and realized that I didn't know much about the artist, Coosje van Bruggen.
She was inspired by San Francisco's reputation as the home port of Eros, and decided to tackle the subject of Cupid's stereotypical bow and arrow. Her initial sketches had the arrow pointed to the sky but she "found this position too stiff and literal," and decided to turn it around. The small hill in Rincon park provided the perfect target for the direct hit and the rest is skyline history.