Cupid's Span

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Cupid's Span
Cupid's Span.jpg
Year2002 (2002)
LocationSan Francisco, California, United States
Coordinates37°47′30″N 122°23′24″W / 37.79156°N 122.39005°W / 37.79156; -122.39005Coordinates: 37°47′30″N 122°23′24″W / 37.79156°N 122.39005°W / 37.79156; -122.39005

Cupid's Span is an outdoor sculpture by married artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, installed along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California, in the United States. The 60-foot (18 m) sculpture, commissioned by GAP founders Donald and Doris F. Fisher, depicts a partial bow and piece of an arrow.[1]

Description and history[edit]

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's Cupid's Span, made of fiberglass and steel, was installed in the newly built Rincon Park along the Embarcadero in San Francisco in 2002.[1] The piece resembles Cupid's bow and arrow, drawn, with the arrow and bow partially implanted in the ground; the artists stated that the piece was inspired by San Francisco's reputation as the home port of Eros, hence the stereotypical bow and arrow of Cupid.[2] Leydier and Penwarden wrote, "Love's trade-mark weapon naturally evokes the city's permissive and romantic reputation, while formally its taut curve resonates wonderfully with the structure of the famous suspension bridge in the background."[3]

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  1. ^ a b Hoge, Patrick (November 23, 2002). "S.F. struck by love / Cupid's big bow gets rise out of passers-by". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 19, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Cupid's Span. Chronology of Large-Scale Projects by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. August 25, 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  3. ^ Leydier, Richard; Penwarden, C. (December 2006). "Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen: l'envol et la chute / Rise and Fall: Oldenburg & van Bruggen." Art Press no. 329: 28-33. (Art Full Text, H.W. Wilson, EBSCOhost, accessed November 10, 2012).