Culture

January 11th, 2009

I was up a bit late last night. Between the 8 hours time difference from the UK and getting suckered into “just one more row” on my vest – suddenly it was after 0200.

Not a great idea when you really had planned on being up early to hike around the city. And so it was a bit later than planned when I headed out, camera slung over my shoulder.

Museums

Musuem front

Museum front

The Museum of Craft and Folk Art had a lovely small exhibit on paper cutting/folding from the Asian Tradition called The Shape of Things. And if you are an Origami person and are not familiar with Robert Lang go immediately to his site. You need Treemaker. Nothing like combining math with history to develop the fold-lines for about anything you would like to craft.

Of course, no interior photos were allowed.

Across the street is the Contemporary Jewish Museum which just opened in 2008. Built out of the Jessie Street Power Substation, the history of the building before, during and after the 1906 Earthquake is chronicled on the lobby walls.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

The outside is glorious and inner design is impressive. Can’t say as much for the three exhibits (local SF – typical of type; Andy Warhol – commercial; upstairs exhibit – neither well posted or presented).

Around the Area

Special parking just for motorcycles, and at a great price!

Motorcycles

Motorcycles

Reserved Parking

Reserved Parking

Interesting buildings -

Building Front

Building Front

and those of historical significance. (Guess the Simon Winchester book made more of an impression on me than I thought. It is such a lovely city. To live here? )

SF Chronicle

SF Chronicle

And Fire Station #1 just tucked in, barely visible on what seems to be a side street.

SF Fire Department #1

SF Fire Department #1

Sculpture around the area

Besides lobbies, there were sculptures next to a few buildings and along a pedestrian walk-way.

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Sculpture

Cheerful

Cheerful

Griffin Vest

The yarn – you can see the shades of natural brown through which the yarn cycles

Vest yarns

Vest yarns

and progress. The lower band is complete (20 rows plus edges) and half way up the first tree repeat

progress - 11 Jan 09

progress - 11 Jan 09

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  1. January 12th, 2009 at 17:53 | #1

    Nice pictoral tour of The City. I walked those very places just a few months ago, but my camera and I didn’t capture things half so well as you did. Sweater looks interesting. Is it your own design?

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