Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen were a team of talented sculptors who collaborated to create “private art in public spaces” in the form of larger-than-life versions of everyday objects. Cupid’s Span was erected in 2002 on a slice of land along San Francisco’s Embarcadero.
The artwork was originally inspired by the city of San Francisco and its reputation for being the home port of Eros, the mythical Greek god of Love. The artwork transforms itself based on the distance and perspective of the viewer. When viewed at a moderate distance, the bow, string and arrow appear to take on the form of the various signifiers of a Spanish ship. When viewed from across the Embarcadero, the bow merges with the tops of the Palm Trees lining the street and even seems to follow the shape of the street itself. The artists were very careful to ensure the views of the San Francisco bay and Bay Bridge were not inhibited, but rather framed by the artwork.
Cupid’s Span has quickly become a fixture of the Embarcadero located just a couple of blocks from the Hotel Griffon. With incredible bay views and a prime location, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic Valentine’s Day picnic with your special someone in San Francisco!