Posts Tagged ‘gap’

Cupid’s Span, That Big Sculpture on The Embarcadero, Has Become a Skateboard Park for Local Youth – Don Fisher’s Legacy

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Avert your gaze, “art” lovers.

Via Uptown Almanac and Fecal Face: “Dropping in Diptych – San Francisco, CA – My buddy Trevor dropping in on Cupids arrow on the way to Atnt park.”

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Is this what Gap founder Don Fisher would have wanted?

Cupid’s Span

Rincon Park, San Francisco, California.

Stainless steel, structural carbon steel, fiber-reinforced plastic, cast epoxy, polyvinyl chloride foam; painted with polyester gelcoat
64 ft. x 143 ft. 9 in. x 17 ft. 3/8 in.

Commissioned by D&DF Foundation, San Francisco
Installed November 2002

Statement by the Artists:

Inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of Eros, we began our project for a small park on the Embarcadero along San Francisco Bay by trying out the subject of Cupid’s stereotypical bow and arrow. The first sketches were made of the subject with the bowstring drawn back, poised on the feathers of the arrow, which pointed up to the sky.

When Coosje van Bruggen found this position too stiff and literal, she suggested turning the image upside down: the arrow and the central part of the bow could be buried in the ground, and the tail feathers, usually downplayed, would be the focus of attention. That way the image became metamorphic, looking like both a ship and a tightened version of a suspension bridge, which seemed to us the perfect accompaniment to the site. In addition, the object functioned as a frame for the highly scenic situation, enclosing — depending on where one stood — either the massed buildings of the city’s downtown or the wide vista over the water and the Bay Bridge toward the distant mountains.

As a counterpoint to romantic nostalgia, we evoked the mythological account of Eros shooting his arrow into the earth to make it fertile. The sculpture was placed on a hill, where one could imagine the arrow being sunk under the surface of plants and prairie grasses. By slanting the bow’s position, Coosje added a sense of acceleration to the Cupid’s Span. Seen from its “stern,” the bow-as-boat seems to be tacking on its course toward the white tower of the city’s Ferry Building.”

From the peanut gallery:

“This thing is awful.  I do not understand putting up a piece of ‘art’ that looks like it should be at Disneyland’s California Adventure, smack-dab in the middle of an already amazing view.  Everytime I go by it it pisses me off.  Leave the Bay view alone to it’s own devices.”

“This Disneyland crap makes me want to barf. If only Chicken John had been elected mayor, he would have run his pickup truck into this eyesore and San Francisco would have looked like a real city again”

“Ugh. Really? It’s hideous and tacky. It belongs in Cleveland, not San Francisco.”

Everybody in Khakis! A Different Kind of Bus Tour Group in San Francisco’s Civic Center

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

I was thinking like California Conservation Corps but the bus they rode in on had federal plates.

Who are these people?

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This is a stumper.

Anyway, they’re probably not from The Gap.

Photoshop Meltdown from The Gap – GapFit Campaign – Thinned Torsos, Twisted Torsos, Variable Hooters

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The people behind the 2012 GapFit campaign had all the tools to do a good job, but they ended up doing a bad job, IMO.

I’m talking about twisted torsos, thinned bodies in certain areas, embigged body parts in other areas, messed-up (blown out) colors, etc.

Is this how you run, you twist your entire body towards the camera? 

Take a look for yourself.

Just saying.

Costco Mexican Soda Evolution – First Came Coke, Then Came Pepsi, But Now Here Comes El Medio Litro, The King

Friday, October 26th, 2012

First came Coke, all the way from Mexico, all the way back in aught-six. (You see, they use  sugar as the sweetener south of the border, you know, instead of corn syrup.)

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Then came the 12 oz. Coke in a Coke Bottle purveyors, like this lovely Hayes Valley Taco Model from the Gap:

And then came the Mexican Pepsi at the Costco:

But now comes the King of Them All, El Medio Litro, the half-litre of Mexican Coke in a bottle:

I only saw one case at Costco #144 in SoMA, just recently.

I don’t know what they go for, probably something betwixt $18-24 for 24.

Who knows what Mexican-made beverage Costco will offer next…

Our San Francisco Ballet’s Very Own Yuan Yuan Tan Stars in International Ad Campaign for The Gap

Friday, August 17th, 2012

As seen on Market Street, larger than life, a ballerina in blue jeans:

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Hey, have you seen the line-up for the 2013 season? The time to buy is now.

Anyway, all the deets after the jump.

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GAP T-Shirt Ad Uses Real T-Shirts – A Striking Billboard at Broadway and Battery – You Want a 3D Ad? Here It Is

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Here it is on Broadway, ‘neath the Transamerica Pyramid: 

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And here’s the close-up, with T’s blowing in the breeze:

It’s beautiful.

The Great Parking Lot of Northern San Francisco Gets Greened Over – 700 Free Parking Spots Gone at Main Post

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Not that I care about the lost parking spaces…

Check out the video, right here:

I think Don Fisher of The Gap paid for this operation what cost millions.

The Presidio people were supposed to have reopened the moribund Main Post Theatre by now but the Infamous NIMBYs of the Marina District and the Greedy Owners of Nearby Movie Theatres put a stop to that.

Oh well.

Your Lunch Today in the FiDi = Pico de Gap Taco Truck! Tacos + Mexican Coke = $1.69! Hurry! Hurray!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh man, Andy Wright and Marie McIntosh from the The Bay Citizen get into it, I mean, they really get into it. C'mon! El Gappo ofrece simple tacos, chicas!]

OMG, it’s back in the Financh today, Wednesday, August 17th, 2011, but for a limited time only.

Check it:

Lunch at 615 Sacramento St., between Montgomery & Kearny! Stay tuned for our doors up tweet!”

I figure they’ll open around elevenish this AM. Limit four tacos per person.

But this deal is just too sweet, just too much of a bargain, so get there before they run out of tacos. (I mean, don’t show up at 1:00 PM expecting them to still be open is what I’m saying. Maybe, but who knows.)

This is a 100% certified great deal. All hail our corporate overlords at The Gap, Inc.

All the deets:

Well, here it is, straight outta West Pico Blvd, it’s the Pico de Gap Taco Truck!

Check out the sked on Twitter to find it around town to score two tacos plus a bottle of Mexican Coke or a similar such fruity drink for just $1.69, which is redolent of 1969, the year the first Gap store opened up on Ocean Boulevard.

See? This lovely Gap Gal is holding all four available tacos (designed just for S.F. by famous Top Chef “cheftestant” Ryan Scott) plus a $20 off coupon for “1969″ jeans:

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Your choices:

  • 1. Chorizo and Crispy Potato Taco with goat cheese, watercress, and charred lime salsa verde
  • 2. Mole-braised brisket Taco with pumpkin seeds, red onion marmalade, queso fresco, and Mexican chocolate vinaigrette
  • 3. Raw Yellow Corn “Ceviche” Taco with dirty green rice, poblano aioli, guacamole, and charred tomato salsa
  • 4. California taco with pasilla-braised chicken, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, pepper jack cheese, and Cool Ranch Doritos

And here’s a close-up, 4,2,1,3 I think:

They’re all delish.

Here’s what it looked like in the Hayes Valley a few days back:

Hurray!

OMG, the “Pico de Gap” Food Truck is Totally Awesome! Two “Top Chef” Tacos + Mexican Coke for Just $1.69

Monday, August 15th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh man, Andy Wright and Marie McIntosh from the The Bay Citizen get into it, I mean, they really get into it. C'mon! El Gappo ofrece simple tacos, chicas!]

Well, here it is, straight outta West Pico Blvd, it’s the Pico de Gap Taco Truck!

Check out the sked on Twitter to find it around town to score two tacos plus a bottle of Mexican Coke or a similar such fruity drink for just $1.69, which is redolent of 1969, the year the first Gap store opened up on Ocean Boulevard.

See? This lovely Gap Gal is holding all four available tacos (designed just for S.F. by famous Top Chef “cheftestant” Ryan Scott) plus a $20 off coupon for “1969″ jeans:

Click to expand

Your choices:

  • 1. Chorizo and Crispy Potato Taco with goat cheese, watercress, and charred lime salsa verde
  • 2. Mole-braised brisket Taco with pumpkin seeds, red onion marmalade, queso fresco, and Mexican chocolate vinaigrette
  • 3. Raw Yellow Corn “Ceviche” Taco with dirty green rice, poblano aioli, guacamole, and charred tomato salsa
  • 4. California taco with pasilla-braised chicken, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, pepper jack cheese, and Cool Ranch Doritos

And here’s a close-up, 4,2,1,3 I think:

They’re all delish.

Here’s what it looked like in the Hayes Valley a few days back:

Today, Monday, August 15, 2011, they’ll be in the corrupt Twitterloin on Market betwixt 7th and 8th:

“Pico de Gap SF will be between 7th & 8th Streets on Market tomorrow in #SF for lunch! Get tacos y denim starting at 11AM while supplies last”

Hurray!

Here They Are – Meet the Winners of Gap’s Annual Casting Call Contest 2010

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Well, here they are, the winners of Gap’s Annual Casting Call Contest 2010.

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Look forward to the 6th annual contest, certain to be coming soon…

All the deets:

Gap Unveils 2010 Casting Call Winners in babyGap and GapKids Stores Nationwide

Selected from More than One Million Entries, America Chooses the Four Adorable Winners of Gap’s Fifth Annual Casting Call Contest

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20, 2011 — Today, Gap revealed the four cute and charismatic winners of its fifth annual Casting Call contest. Chosen by America from more than one million entries, the new faces of babyGap are Evie Sowers from Tecumseh, MI; Dylan Bandale from Pompton Lakes, NJ; and for GapKids, Sofia Jaworovich from Skillman, NJ; and Keyghan Burns from Hereford, AZ. In addition to receiving a $1,000 Gap GiftCard, the winners’ bright smiles and twinkling eyes will be lighting up the newest babyGap and GapKids campaign in store windows coast-to-coast starting today.

“Every year, we’re overwhelmed by parents’ incredible enthusiasm for Casting Call,” said Mark Breitbard, executive vice president of babyGap and GapKids. “Now in its fifth year, Casting Call continues to break records and we’re so excited to introduce this year’s winners – Evie, Dylan, Sofia and Keyghan. On behalf of the entire Gap family, I’d like to congratulate the newest faces of babyGap and GapKids.”

Shot in San Francisco, the campaign features the winners in colorful, perfect-for-the-playground looks. Rooted in denim and khaki, the outfits get a kick of color with the addition of arch logo hoodies [$24.95 - $29.50] and graphic tees [starting at $14.50 for babyGap and $16.50 for GapKids] in colors like havana yellow, orange blaze, cupid pink and ruby red. The windows also highlight each child’s hometown and favorite activities – from ballet and soccer to dancing and drawing.

About Gap’s Fifth Annual Casting Call:

From September 27 to October 24, 2010, parents across the country uploaded photos of their babies and kids wearing their favorite denim looks at gap.com/castingcall. Judges then narrowed down the pool of more than one million entrants to 20 finalists – 10 babies and 10 kids. The finalists were announced in early December and it was up to America to cast their vote for their favorite finalists at gap.com/castingcall.

The Prizes:

The four winners of this year’s Casting Call – Evie, Dylan, Sofia and Keyghan – are featured in the windows of babyGap and GapKids stores nationwide and will receive a $1,000 GapGiftCard.

Meet the Winners:

babyGap:

Evie, from Tecumseh, MI, has a great imagination and a fun personality to match. This blondie likes to read, draw and play with her dolls. Evie loves to rock out to Animal Collective’s My Girls.

Dylan, from Pompton Lakes, NJ, has been called a “Will Smith look-alike” and is always flashing his “million-dollar smile.” He likes to sing and dance to his favorite Latin, Reggaeton and Hip-Hop tunes. His favorite meal is pizza with chocolate milk.

GapKids:

Sofia, from Skillman, NJ, is a real “spitfire,” according to her parents, and is super outgoing. She loves meeting new people and making friends. This girly-girl likes to wear dresses and pretty shoes like her favorite singer, Taylor Swift, and her favorite hobbies are ballet and swimming.

Keyghan, from Hereford, AZ, is fun loving and always makes others feel important. When he is not playing soccer or baseball, you can find Keyghan collecting Pokemon cards or hanging out with his friends and little brother.