LAST WEEK’S FABULOUS BLOGGERS

Last week for PPAC #57, I had fun responses from all of you. With all the other challenges, even public and street art, I thank all the bloggers who participate in the Photographing Public Art Challenge. Please honor these bloggers with your visits this week.

IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #PPAC

  • There is no weekly theme even though my post has a theme with murals, statues, fountains, scrap art, graffiti, store windows, seasonal displays, car or art shows, artistic construction, or even artistic neighborhood decor. Photograph the public art that is available to you.
  • Art should be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway or inside a publicly accessed building like a library. If you pay, it’s not public.
  • Photographers should have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
  • The challenge starts every Friday at 9:00 a.m. Phoenix Time and it ends on Thursday at noon.
  • Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to my weekly post not my page preferably in a comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed. See how to create pingbacks here
  • Take time to visit other PPAC participants throughout the week. I recommend visiting at least two or three other participants in the community and leaving them a comment.
  • Have fun! Art is to be enjoyed!

For More Ideas about PPAC…

These early-bird participants (posted by Wednesday at noon) might give you some great ideas about something you’ve never thought about as public art or how to photograph it.

YOUR BLOG POST GOES HERE

My Choices for PPAC #59

Georgia O’Keeffe

In a million years I would not have guessed the subject of this piece of art. Since I did not keep great notes on my photos from 2013, thank goodness for Google. This bronze statue depicts O’Keeffe, the “mother of American modernism” as an older woman. The sculptress, Marisol Escobar created her and her two dogs from a photo in 1982.

Pine Tree Obelisk in San Francisco

When I went to San Francisco I was less focused on public art, but as I searched Google to find out about the few pictures I had, there is so much that it took quite a bit of searching to find this one. First of all, I was calling it a pillar instead of an obelisk. As soon as I named it correctly, Google honored me with its identity.

I only photographed the top of the 12-foot structure, the theme of which is the three levels of nature found in San Francisco. You can’t see the sea life – crabs and lobsters. From my photo, you get a glimpse of the pine tree. I focused more on the seagulls and the top of the obelisk.

Unknown sculptures

I did not have the right vocabulary to describe these works of art in San Francisco that we saw during one of the walking tours we took. The tours are free and fabulous. We took one starting at the Ferry Building Clock Tower which took us around the Embarcadero, and one that gave us the skinny on Alfred Hitchcock and where he filmed his famous thrillers.

Ongoing on Always Write

Now it’s your turn.

I hope you are inspired to find your own unique art as you travel around with your camera this week, or rummage through your archives. Feel free to double dip and support your own favorite challenges along with PPAC.


60 responses to “PPAC #59: A Quick Trip to San Francisco”

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  2. Julie Avatar

    The Georgia O’Keeffe sculpture is so cute! I was not sure if those were tiny bears which would also be very cute!

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  3. cognacproject Avatar

    I love your pics! I’ve been to San Francisco many times, but am not sure if I’ve ever run into those! Thank you for the prompt– I decided to do a post on the city, too ❤ https://cognacproject.wordpress.com/2022/08/17/february-2020/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Toonsarah Avatar

    We loved San Francisco and may go back next year. If so I’ll look out for these, and see what other public art I can find!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      There are tons of them. I’d love to go back with those in mind. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hi Judy, I love your colorful animals. BTW I had trouble logging in on your site. That’s happened to me one other time this week. I had to use Twitter instead of WP. Strange, right? Hope you are well. How’s that grown up puppy?

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  9. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Last year we made a quick trip through San Francisco, stopping only to photograph those painted ladies, the houses on Steiner Street, and Lombard Street where we took a large SUV around those tight corners. We need to go back and spend a bit more time.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I can’t imagine driving a large anything in SF. LOL. I looked up Portland to see what pubic art they have since I’m going there next month. I’m not super impressed with their art. I may have to focus just on flowers, which are very impressive.

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      This link didn’t work.. you can delete if you wish.

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  11. Gift N. T. Avatar

    In spite of SF’s popularity among travelers, I’m impressed there’s still so much around the city that I have never once seen or heard off. All these sculptures included!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      When I looked online, I was amazed at all the public art that is available. I could spend days there just photographing public art.

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  12. Prior... Avatar

    Hi Marsha – the art is a nice variety here and the Georgia o’keeffe one is quite interesting. I would have liked to have a little hair included for the Georgia sculpture but the artist did a fine jibe with the facial details

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I have mixed her up in my mind with Frida Kahlo, another amazing artist. Have you read the book La Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver? There is also a movie about her life.

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        Not familiar with the book but I have watched a good number of art documentaries and saw a great one on O’keeffe and her New York days and then NM.
        I know less about Kahlo – but both seem to have much in common !

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I saw the trailers of both. I thought that’s who I was looking for when I started looking for the name of the movie. I think your would enjoy the one about Kahlo.

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          1. Prior... Avatar

            Thanks for the suggestion ☀️😊🙏

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            You’re welcome.

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  13. amoralegria Avatar

    I always wish there was a way to use a photograph for a Google search. I have so many photos of things that I don’t know or don’t remember what or where they are!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That would be wonderful. I definitely would use that.

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      1. Toonsarah Avatar

        There is a way! You drag your photo into the search box in image search: https://images.google.co.uk/

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  16. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    Hi Marsha, some lovely public art as always. I like Georgia O’Keeffe’s sculpture (she is the subject not the artist, I gather) is my favourite.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, she is the subject. Knowing how beautiful she was a young woman, I didn’t not recognize her distinctive look in this statue.

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  17. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    Nice finds Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Aletta. You never know what you can dredge out of the archives.

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        That’s true. I do the same.

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  18. Sofia Alves Avatar

    The last sculpture is awesome, I really like it.
    Here is mine:
    https://photographias.wordpress.com/2022/08/13/ppac-lisbon-14/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You got an amazing shot of that wall, Sofia.

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  21. Ju-Lyn Avatar

    Sorry – not sure how my reply got prematurely sent. What I was trying to say is that I love how you are committed to bringing us thought-provoking, lovely public art from all over! I have good memories of SF, particularly the cooler temps, frightful slopes and wonderful food!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, those slopes were frightful – even walking them. My friend and I were leaning forward at about a 45% angle when we went up some of those hills. And you should have heard us huff and puff, and that was almost ten years ago!

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      1. Ju-Lyn Avatar

        I hear you! I remember the huffing & puffing very well myself!

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  22. Jodie Avatar
    Jodie

    It’s so convenient to be able to use Google to answer all of our questions nowadays, isn’t it?? LOL. I swear I feel so smart after learning stuff from him.
    XOXOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchfostyle.com

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Google and I are joined at the finger tips. Will I ever use that info again? hmmm Now there’s a thought.

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  24. eklastic Avatar

    This would be the last thing I’d associate with Gloria O’Keefe … but okay, I guess.
    In any case, not really US but still US, here is my public art for the week: https://picturesimperfectblog.wordpress.com/2022/08/12/mannheim-the-springfield-of-germany/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      My thought too – not USA, but I quoted someone who wrote a bit about the piece. I should have linked it. Thanks for your great piece.

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  25. Cindy Avatar

    Love these pics Marsha!
    Wait you did not say SF did you and not visit me?
    I’ve gotta come back and read… the fine print. 💕

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I didn’t know you in 2013, my dear. If I ever come again, I will.

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  26. Cee Neuner Avatar

    I really like your last photo. 😀 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      The one about which I don’t have a clue! LOL

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