"Cupid's Span"

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2002
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According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2002, the idea for "Cupid's Span" originated when Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen were working on another commissioned art project for the National Gallery in London.

That piece of art was responding to a famous work in its collection, "The Music Lesson" by Johannes Vermeer. Van Bruggen noticed the painting of Cupid with his archer's bow in the background of Vermeer's picture.

The artists said they were "inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of Eros," a city of love.

"We began our project for a small park on the Embarcadero along San Francisco Bay by trying out the subject of Cupid’s stereotypical bow and arrow. The first sketches were made of the subject with the bowstring drawn back, poised on the feathers of the arrow, which pointed up to the sky.”

Fun Fact! It’s 60 feet tall, 140 feet long, and buries the point of the arrow purposefully to keep from being violent.

Commissioned By
Doris and Donald Fisher
Location

Rincon Park, The Embarcadero

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