The abundance of public art in San Francisco means you can enjoy renowned artworks that span significant eras and styles without ever stepping foot in a museum. The city’s public art collection boasts over 4,000 pieces that are valued at over $93 million. One example of free, open-air art is “MaestraPeace” in the Mission District (3543 18th St.). The vivid 1994 mural unfolding across the walls of the San Francisco Women’s Building merits exploration. It celebrates women’s contributions to the world and includes images of Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu and artist Georgia O'Keefe.
Check out these four other locations of stellar public art:
555 Mission Sculpture Garden
This art-filled plaza in SoMa hides Ugo Rondinone’s wacky “Moonrise” sculptures and Jonathan Borofsky’s “Human Structures."555 Mission St.
Charles Gadeken’s 50-foot futuristic tree in Patricia’s Green has 786 cubes containing LEDs programmed to create an ever-shifting kaleidoscope effect. 499 Octavia St., until May 2019
“Untitled” (Three Dancing Figures)
Keith Haring’s 1989 enamel on aluminum piece at the de Young Museum entrance vibrates with color and movement. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.
There Slipped Saturn A Perpetual Tock a.k.a. The Saturn Clock
This fantastical 2014 mural by artist Jovi Schnell covers six concrete columns and spans 3,500 feet in the SoMa West Skate Park, which is hidden below the Central Freeway. It was inspired by Woodward’s Gardens, a Victorian-era amusement park that once stood on the site and included the largest skating rink on the West Coast. Schnell's design references a mechanical 19th century celestial clock and dream-like gardens. 1369 Stevenson St.