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San Francisco: Sculpture in the Bay Area
by Aimee Le Duc

Situated on the edge of San Francisco at Pier 14, flanked by the Bay Bridge and the Ferry building, by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s unmistakable bow and arrow monument, Cupid’s Span, and Mark di Suvero’s 70-foot kinetic sculpture, Sea Change, Louise Bourgeois’s Crouching Spider is poised and seemingly ready to march into the city. The piece was cast in 2003, specifically for San Francisco; over eight feet tall with a span of over 20 feet, Crouching Spider is on long-term loan by the artist and has been installed thanks to the efforts of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s tireless public art program.


Louise Bourgeois, Crouching Spider, 2003. Bronze, silver nitrate,
and stainless steel, 106.5 x 329 x 247 in.


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