So for me, a broke college student who unfortunately has a collection of interests that don’t exactly match her budget, what can I do in the city that both won’t break the bank and will also be fun and rewarding?
Well to those who are in a similar boat, have no fear! San Francisco is home to an amazing array of free, yes you read right, FREE artwork exhibitions. Some conventional, some unconventional, but all F-R-E-E free!
The Man Who Was One With Nature
Enter Andy Goldsworthy: an internationally renowned artist who is known for art which incorporates many natural elements. The purpose behind his art is to “make connections between what we call nature and what we call man-made.” Between 2008 and 2014, Goldsworthy and the Presidio joined forces to create four art installments located around the park.
After finding myself lost for about 10 minutes once arriving at the Presidio, I finally stumbled across one of his installments in the least likely of places. I looked up from my map to find myself staring at a completely unremarkable small white building. I found myself thinking “This can’t be the right place,” but it was which goes to show you can find beauty and art in the most unusual (or in this case usual) places.
Situated in a small historic building that used to hold ammunition and gunpowder, Tree Fall is an indoor installment which is made up a suspended tree trunk covered in clay. The cracks in the clay, which you can see pictured above, happened organically over night after the wet clay dried. Stepping inside the small building to view Tree Fall felt a lot like stepping into a large heart.
The room is only illuminated by natural light, so it takes a minute for your eyes to adjust to the room and all you can see is a looming forked shape above your head. As you adjust, you can make out the delicate intricate details of the cracks in the clay. The trunk rises up like a vein from some unseen heart, while the cracks appear like small vessels connecting the entire room. Similarly, this art piece made me feel like I was in the presence of something bigger than life and gave me a greater feeling of connectedness with nature.
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Art in the Least Expected Places
So go out and enjoy some of the free attractions the Golden City has to offer and don’t forget to post about your experiences on GLYD!