Posts Tagged ‘fountain’

Canada Reclaims Our Hideous Vaillancourt Fountain on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day – “Quebec libre!” on the Embarcadero

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Here you go, this was the scene at Justin Herman Plaza last week:

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And here’s the explanation, but I’ve flipped the image so that the English part comes first, ’cause ‘Mericah:

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(I’ve already said my piece on this art piece right here. We should get rid of it.)

But hey, the home-made banner added to it last week is well made. It’s great:

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All the deets:

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day[1] (French: Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste), officially known in Quebec as La fête nationale,[2] (English: National Holiday)[3] is a holiday celebrated annually on June 24, the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. In Quebec, it is a public holiday[3][4][5] with festivities occurring on June 23 and 24 which are publicly financed and organized by a Comité organisateur de la fête nationale[6] (Organizing Committee of the National Holiday). June 24 is also celebrated as a festival of French Canadianculture in other Canadian provinces[7][8][9] and the United States.[10][11]

A Freeway is Easy to Tear Down, But Hideous Art What Used to Riff on the Same Freeway is FOREVER

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Here you go:

When Vaillancourt designed the fountain, the Embarcadero Freeway or Interstate 480, was still in existence along Market Street and the Embarcadero. The fountain was designed with the freeway environment in mind…”

Kind of like this:

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(Of course this was back when Frisco had cheap water and cheap power.)

But now the freeway is gone.

Long gone.

So what do we need this Vaillancourt Fountain thing anymore for anyway?

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It’s not worth powering the water pumps these days, so that’s one good thing.

But why do we still have this monstrosity???

When Oh When Will San Francisco Be Rid of Vaillancourt Fountain? It Riffs Off a Freeway That’s No Longer There

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Vaillancourt Fountain was a comment on its former neighbor, the Embarcadero Freeway. But the freeway is all gone, so why are we still stuck with the fountain?

Remember when SFGov shut down this fountain back in 2000 to save on operating costs?

Why not let’s do that again?

Via Tobi Harriman:

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(Hey man, nice shot!)

Or better yet, let’s just take this whole thing down.

The Eternal Struggle: Bear vs. Octopus on Market Street – The Prize? A Metal Star-Ball, Of Course

Friday, January 7th, 2011

You want the freaky artwork you create to be eternal, you want it to last forever right? Well, the secret of that is to get a commission before the NIMBYs, the historical societies, and the homeowners associations move in to town.

Then, when fashions change and people start to wonder just what the heck were you thinking back in the day,* you’ll have powerful forces on your side to make sure that nothing ever, ever changes. In that way, you will become immortal.

So, what’s The Message here? My guess:

The octopus has the reach but the bear wants it more

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And best of all , the same tableau plays out on the other side so everybody will get to see.


*That monstrosity just down Market costs $1000 a day just for the electricity

Eric Mar was the Star of This Morning’s Golden Gate Park Music Councourse Fountain Ceremony

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A couple hundred souls (including a few “jerkwad NIMBYs”) showed up for this morning’s ceremony at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s your Before Picture from this AM, before Supervisor Eric Mar turned on the fountains.

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There he is, our District 1 Supe working the crowd:

RPD Director Phil Ginsburg was the emcee today:

And always-dapper FAMSF Director John Buchanan and California Academy of Sciences Director Dr. Greg Farrington both addressed the throng…

…while a Barn Owl from the Cal Academy (they have an aviary outside – didn’t know that) ate a nice brunch of dead mice:

So, here’s your After Picture of the Rideout Fountain burbling away: 

After six years, the fountains are back. Enjoy.

Rec and Park Celebrates Music Concourse 110th Anniversary and New Fountains this Friday, Sept. 10th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Leadership elements San Francisco’s backwards-named Rec and Park (where they probably call macaroni and cheese cheese and macaroni) have just announced a small celebration for the 110th anniversary of the Music Concourse as well the refurbished concourse water fountains.

RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg has the deets, below.

And Kamala Kelkar has a bit this AM as well.

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A few months ago, we started a renovation project on the four historic fountains at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park with the ultimate goal of turning on the fountains for the first time in six years.

The job is complete, thanks to $1.1 million from the state’s Prop 40 fund and about $400,000 from our Open Space reserves.

The project comes on the heels of a larger renovation of the entire Music Concourse area that eliminated three acres of paving, created a more pedestrian-friendly space and historically restored the concourse. The Spreckels Temple of Music was re-roofed and its decorative stone features were rejuvenated. New site furnishings, including light fixtures, bike racks, drinking fountains, historic touches, interpretive signs and trash receptacles were also added.

In all, the Music Concourse received more than $12 million from the state, Open Space reserves and $75,000 from Partners in Preservation Grant.

With the renovations of thede Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences also complete, the Music Concourse is now what everyone envisioned: a beautiful, welcoming plaza area that is teeming with activity throughout the week.

On September 10, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll be hosting a celebration event marking the completion of the fountains as well as the entire Concourse area. There’ll be a few brief remarks, entertainment and a small fountain ceremony. I invite all of you to come out and see the splendor of the new Concourse. You’ll like what you see.”

Is It Really Worth $1000 a Day to Pump the Water of Vaillancourt Fountain?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

What makes the water in Vaillancourt Fountain (aka Québec libre !), that boxy water sculpture down in Justin Herman Plaza, go? Natural gas, most likely. All that methane energy gets converted into electricity and that’s what powers the pumps.

Of course it costs money – a quarter million per year back in aught-four, back when ‘lectricity was cheaper. So is it a reasonable guess that the bill is substantially higher these days?

Here it is, at its most beautiful, as captured by the talented David Yu:

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What is this thing, a monument to graffiti?

What does it say to you, “Canada out of Québec,” or something?

Is this thing destined to burn money and take up space in perpetuity, all because some people, some people lost to history, made a bad (or good, You Make The Call) decision four decades ago?

Who is Vandalizing the Lawn Sprinklers of Golden Gate Park?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Now, you’d think that the water sprinklers of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle would be old school, like made 50 years ago out of some kind of heavy metal. But you’d be wrong – these things are mostly plastic. So there’s no market in stealing the sprinkler heads to sell for scrap or anything.

So, why do some people come along and wreck ’em? Do they do it to see this kind of scene?

Now back in the day, some SAAB cars used to spontaneously combust, just sitting around at night. But those days are over, so there’s no point in this exercise: 

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Bad form, vandals.

UNICEF’s Tap Project Draws Attention to World Water Week, March 22-29, 2009

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The people from UNICEF’s Tap Project were getting the word out yesterday at the hideous Vaillancourt Fountain (aka Québec libre!) yesterday in Justin Herman Plaza. (Tap water is just fine in San Francisco, you know – bottled water isn’t necessary or anything.)

Read all about it.

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Sadly, no quarters could be seen on this day:

Oops, time to go. She’ll be back soon though.

See a list of participating restaurants after the jump.