A couple of weeks ago during Sunday lunch, I attended a University alumni function at the St. Francis Yacht Club in the Marina district, described as the most prestigious yacht club in the Western U.S.
While the club is no doubt very nice, what captured me the most that day was the surroundings and the leisurely San Franciscans on a sunny, beautiful afternoon by the Bay in San Francisco. I ended up walking back home from the marina – about an hour of leisurely walk! What a feast for the eyes and goodness for the body!
Recently I have received invitations to exhibitions in museums, and one of which, despite my having lived over 20 years in San Francisco, I have never known its existence!
Here is a little tour:
Tian Tian is a comic character created by international artist Danny Yung originally from Hong Kong. In Chinese, the phrase “Tian Tian Xiang Shang”means working hard daily to achieve your goals. His Blank Boy Canvas collection is a cross cultural collaboration to create an individual approach of art on a blank canvas and was exhibited in the nostalgic Chinese Historical Society of America Museum in the San Francisco Chinatown (this was my new discovery) and many other metropolitan cities.
Another favourite San Francisco museum of mine is the Asian Art Museum located near the City Hall. Recently it has been exhibiting the beautiful lacquerware of historical Korea, a country that uses beautiful sea shells for many of their artworks.
The recently expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is another flagship museum here showcasing many American artists’ works; with their highly interactive self-guided tour, you can hear and see the artwork coming alive.
As I was walking around the City (the Bay Area residents refer to San Francisco as “the City”) in the past few days, I notice how non-uniform the buildings in the City is. They are a collection of eclectic shapes, colours, styles, and ages. Nonetheless, a few have always caught my eyes.
(Cafe Niebaum-Coppola (yes the Director of Godfather), now called Cafe Zoetrope, on Columbus Avenue leading into the Italian town.)
(The City’s landmark, the Transamerica Building.)
(The Bloomingdale Mall in the Union Square, the shopping district.)
(3 high rises in the Financial district – triangular, cone, round-shaped all standing next to each other.)
(A clubhouse for a China village clan in Chinatown.)
(Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, shaped like a fire hose.)
As I walked to my breakfast meeting at Union Square (downtown shopping district) via the financial district during one beautiful morning in San Francisco, I began to take notice of the different colours, architecture, and shapes of the buildings around me. What a mishmash of colours and styles. The camera in the phone is one of the best mobile ideas. You can’t help but notice more beauty (and carry them always with you) with the help of the lenses. Walking also makes you to slow down and notice things.
The corners of these buildings fascinate me. They are not the end but an invitation for the passerby to notice their beauties!