5 Not-to-Miss Public Art Pieces in SoMa

November 13, 2019

From its unrivaled bayside setting to its host of renowned restaurants, SoMa draws people from near and far to experience its stunning sights and vibrant happenings—and perhaps the most alluring is its celebrated art scene. Here, beyond an abundance of boutique art galleries and contemporary museums, The Harrison’s coveted city district boasts iconic public pieces along our beloved SoMa streets. Below, take a look at the sculptures on our not-to-miss list. 

1. White Light

New York-based artist Jenny Holzer’s 182-foot-long artwork “White Light” displays scrolling LED text that wraps around the glass enclosure of the Salesforce Transit Center’s Grand Hall. Displaying changing quotes from over 42 writers, including Maya Angelou, Harvey Milk, Chimako Tada and more, this piece presents a captivating urban attraction well worth witnessing.

2. Cupid’s Span

Rincon Park’s serene waterfront location—set just moments from The Harrison’s front doorstep—is home to the city’s iconic bow-and-arrow sculpture, Cupid’s Span. Realized by sculptor Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Cupid’s Span is said to be inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of the Greek god of love, Eros. Visit for a romantic picnic beside the bay or simply for a serene escape to revel in nature.

3. Time Signature

Richard Deutsch’s sculpture, Time Signature, is situated in Foundry Square and presents a captivating stainless steel sculpture that soars nearly 50 feet into the sky. The five towering vessels that complete the artwork are reflective, reacting to the changing daylight and vibrant city that surround them. The piece honors San Francisco’s rich industrial history while nodding to the city’s inspiring future.

4. Untitled (Three Dancing Figures)

Artist Keith Haring’s outdoor sculpture, while officially untitled, is often referred to as Three Dancing Figures. Installed at Third and Howard Streets at the Moscone Convention Center, the artwork is well-known throughout San Francisco and dates back to 1989.

5. Moonrose Sculptures

Located at 555 Mission Street, one can set sights on the city’s Moonrise Sculptures: March, October, and December—a trio of mottled aluminum sculptures by artist Ugo Rondinone. The artworks resemble heads featuring different facial expressions, with each presenting a delightful and stark contrast to the sleek, corporate buildings that surround them.

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