NFT San Francisco India Basin / Hunter's Point

India Basin / Hunter's Point

A working shipyard and the site of the US's first dry dock, this area is a curious mix of industry and open space. Bayfront access for fishing and kayaking and trails for biking make this area an unusual urban gem. Recent attempts to revitalize this economically challenged sector of the city have been bumpy, but artists flock here for cheap studios and the gritty ambiance.

Coming during the most recent economic free fall, the opening of the 3rd Street Light Rail didn't change this part of town as much as city planners had hoped. Speakeasy Ales is still here, though, and its tap room is open six days a week.


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Posted By:  Eric Saxon
Photo:  Eric Saxon

Mother and Child
This is a waterfront sculpture built originally for Burning Man, a celebration of alternative culture held every year in the Nevada desert. Flames used to shoot between the hands of the two figures, but the fire mechanism has been removed for the safety of passers-by. The two thirty-foot structures are made up of countless recycled metal objects welded together, resembling something that came up from the bottom of the Bay, a revenge of the iron layers of detritus from San Francisco and Oakland's shipyards. The Bay Bridge connects those two cities in the background. Like previous art curated into the metropolis from the Burning Man event, this is a temporary installation. After the permit expires, this mother-child dyad returns to the primal ooze.

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