Outside one of the Financial District’s tallest towers lies a glistening hunk of black granite that’s come to represent a very odd symbol.
The sculpture’s official name is “Transcendence,” and it was sculpted by Masayuki Nagare from 200 tons of black Swedish granite. It was commissioned in 1969 for the A.P. Giannini Plaza of 555 California Street, the building that was originally the headquarters for Bank of America, and as such, a hub of San Francisco finance.
|San Francisco: The Heart of Downtown en||0.6km||site_izi|
|‘The Allegory of California’||2020||0.2km||site_ao|
|Emperor Norton Plaque||2019||0.7km||site_ao|
|Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company||2019||0.5km||site_ao|
|San Francisco Elk’s Lodge #3||2019||0.6km||site_ao|
|California Historical Society Headquarters||2019||0.6km||site_ao|
|The Mutilated Octopuses of California’s Admission Day Monument||2017||0.4km||site_ao|
|Short Story Vending Machine||2017||0.5km||site_ao|
|Tenderloin National Forest||2017||1.3km||site_ao|
|AIDS Interfaith Memorial Chapel||2017||0.8km||site_ao|
|The Whimsical Detail of Ruth Asawa’s San Francisco Fountain||2017||0.5km||site_ao|
|Holiday Inn Chinatown (today: Hilton Hotel)||1968||0.3km||site_brutalism|
|Pacific Gas and Electric Company San Francisco (Embarcadero Substation)||1km||site_brutalism|
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