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PPAC #59: A Quick Trip to San Francisco


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.


  • 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.


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.

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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.

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    • 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?


  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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