Caruso's Dream

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The one-ton replica piano of glass and rusted steel, and 12 others like it, represent " ... And My Room Still Rocks Like a Boat on the Sea ... (Caruso's Dream)," a public site-specific artwork commissioned by the developers of AVA 55 Ninth, a 17-story apartment complex on Ninth Street, between Market and Mission.

Goggin got the inspiration while studying South of Market history, when he read about a specific grand piano that was used to plug a sinkhole.

"Potentially that piano is still under Mission Street today," he says.

To build the 13 pianos, Goggin and Keehn collected 900 pieces of chicken-wire glass of different textures and colors.

The wooden struts that support the pianos were salvaged from pilings in the old Transbay Terminal. The ropes used to lash the piece are modeled after nautical hemp, tied in knots used by longshoremen.

"The idea behind that is to work with materials that are rooted to the site historically and physically going back to when it was a factory neighborhood," says Goggin, 47, who grew up in Davis, the son of state Assemblyman Terry Goggin.

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The developers of AVA 55 Ninth
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The site-specific installation by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn is at 55 Ninth St., San Francisco.

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