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Meet the Giant Slinky That Could Be Coming to Masonic

Scott Lucas | July 28, 2014 | Story Neighborhoods

San Franciscans can't agree about much about our civic space, but we do tend to converge on one thing: We love civic art. From the bow and arrow on the Embarcadero to Coit Tower, the City is lousy with awesome sculptures, statues, and objects.

So how about a Slinky?

Because when we look at the rendering for the new piece of public art slated to be installed along Masonic Street, all we can see is the kiddie toy. That's not a bad thing. We love Slinkies.

It's one of three proposals being considered for installation by the Public Arts Commission as part of the long-gestating redesign of Masonic.

According to Curbed SF, the big old Slinky is called Masonic Zoom, and it's by artists Jenna Didier and Emily White. It's 64 feet long, and from ten to 22 feet high. According to the proposal, "The logic of the colorful spectrum along the piece follows this excitation—contraction sequence: starting out with blue-­green hues in near Geary, dipping into cooler purples in the shorter canopy heights, and heating up again to the final flare-­out of bright oranges and height as the pieces point down Masonic, emphasizing the new portions of bike path that parallel the parklet." (And yes, we know that structurally it's not quite the same form as a Slinky. But c'mon. Just look at that thing!)

There are two other options for public art installations on Masonic that the San Arts Commission is considering. And while both of them have their charms, neither of them look much like Stretch Armstrong or a little red wagon.

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