Mechanics Monument

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This monument was one of the major artworks for the Market Street Beautification Project, installed in 1899 and dedicated in 1901. It was funded by industrial tycoon James Mervyn Donahue in honor of his late father who began California’s first ironworks and machine shop in 1850.

The artist envisioned the monument as a giant punch press machine that took five men to operate. When the sculpture was first unveiled, the nude male figures caused an uproar, but the campaign to add pants to the figures failed.

Inscription:
“Dedicated to mechanics by James Mervyn Donahue in memory of his father Peter Donahue”

Location

500-506 Market Street

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