To mark the start of the cultural season in San Francisco, we commissioned our lovely Artist in Residence to illustrate a grand tour d’art showing some of the most iconic buildings and public art installations around the city. The temperatures are warming up: so lace up your shoes, grab your sunnies, and hit the pavement to take in the sights!
Resurfaced and twice as nice, the SFMOMA is back on the map. With seven packed floors of art, you may find yourself needing an intermission at Sightglass coffee bar on the third floor, or a walk along the living wall on the outdoor terrace. While this new and improved art space is still hot, you’ll want to be sure to book online ahead of time to assure you get that time slot your looking for!
The perfect blend of art and nature, Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line sculpture is constructed from felled trees and winds its way through a eucalyptus forest alongside the Presidio’s historic Lovers Lane, where soldiers stationed at the former military base in the 1800’s would stroll en route to visit friends and loved ones. If you visit, check out Goldsworthy’s other works, Spire and Wood Line, also located in the Presidio.
Think you have a packed schedule? San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House is home to some of the city’s classiest acts: both the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet call this Beaux-Arts beauty of a building home, and you can often catch other special presentations, lectures, and concerts there throughout the year. And if you’re looking for the perfect place to grab a drink and bite to eat before or after a show, we reccommend the musically-inclined Chambers eat + drink at the Phoenix Hotel, just a few blocks to the East.
Wander along the Embarcadero past the Ferry Building and you’re bound to catch sight of Cupid’s Span, the outdoor sculpture and Bay Area landmark by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The sculpture was originally commissioned by the founders of Gap (yes, that Gap) and was installed in 2002 as a gift to the city. Best viewed on an early morning run along the water – or from your perch at Hotel Vitale’s Americano for Happy Hour cocktails.
With its dramatic copper facade and 144-foot tower, the de Young in Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s most distinctive architectural destinations–as well as one of the city’s largest and most-visited museums. The museum plays host to several floors of galleries plus a sculpture garden, and outdoor installations by the likes of James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy. Pro tip: even if museum touring isn’t quite your cup of tea, head straight to the top of the tower (no museum ticket needed) for a stunning, one-of-a-kind view of the city and bay.
About the artist: Megan Roy is an illustrator, designer, and s’mores enthusiast from New Hampshire currently living in Los Angeles. While Megan’s favorite medium is pen on paper, she has spent time working in film and television, photography, and on large-scale installations. She has been decorating the world since 1986. You can see more of her work on Instagram and on her site.