San Francisco mayor rethinking Apple store plan over bronze fountain

“That sleek Apple store proposed for the northeast corner of San Francisco’s Union Square is looking a little scuffed,” John King reports for The San Francisco Chronicle.

“Mayor Ed Lee said Wednesday that when he was shown images of the glass-and-steel box the technology giant seeks to build – promptly declaring it to be ‘quite simply incredible’ – he didn’t realize the plans included the eviction of a popular bronze fountain from 1973 by local artist Ruth Asawa,” King reports. “‘We weren’t necessarily focused on that side,’ Lee said, referring to a plaza along Stockton Street where the fountain stands. ‘It wasn’t part of our discussion.'”

King reports, “Lee now says that he plans to visit the existing triangular plaza, where red bricks spill around the fountain designed especially for the space. ‘I need to take a look and visualize’ how the fountain would or would not complement Apple’s proposal for a raised narrow plaza between its store and the Grand Hyatt. The hotel tower was built in tandem with the plaza and the retail building in the early 1970s. ‘We have to see whether it might fit in.'”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. When the Union Square location was named, I wondered what would become of the fabeled fountain.

    Image search “Ruth Asawa Fountain” to see this unique sculpture; a 3D relief of San Francisco.

    Hey, Apple could incorporate the fountain into the new store and have two historic landmarks in one! Toss in a coin and make a wish..

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