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2010-10-01 | 🔗

At the top of Mt. Olympus in San Francisco, on what was once thought to be the geographic center of the city, is a pedestal for a statue that isn’t there. There’s no marker. You can just make out the … Continue reading →

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to all the works around him and the palm reads. My name is as Mandy Ass king of kings, king of king, look upon my works, anxiety, despair and the rest. The poem says that all of the works that the statute is pointing to have disappear. Nothing beside remain, so it's really a poem about that. The figure remains, but everything around it has disappeared. Everything that the figure in the statue was must be proud of, but this is about another.
Stature that once stood high above San Francisco. This is kind of the inverse all of the things around at all of the landscape that this statue disposed to sort of urge to liberty and philanthropy. That's all still here the San Francisco, the statue was dedicated to improving, is there, but the statue itself has disappeared. That's William Littman! I teach architectural history at the California College of ART in Oakland and San Francisco, and we're walking up to what I think, maybe the greatest place and all of San Francisco, that few people have ever heard of what was once considered the geographic centre of the city. For here we come up it's this kind of raise plinth on top of Mount Olympus, massive stone pedestal that rises up to nothing. It's the base of a statue that isn't there once this twelve foot high bronze statue stood on top of her on a site that has some of the best views of the entire city. The view is,
it's three sixty view of the city. The statue was called. The triumph of light was a statue of this woman who looks a little like the statue of liberty. She was holding a laughed a giant torch. On the other hand, she had a piece of parchment below her was crouched figure reaching up to these two objects, as if it was symbolizing mankind reaching for for light and liberty, it was erected in One eighty seven by then developer and future mare out off sutra as a symbol of liberty and progressive, as with sutra dedicated the statue in eighteen eighty when on Thanksgiving Day, he told the crowd me a light shine from the torch of the goddess of liberty to install our citizens too good and noble deeds for the benefit of mankind? It was supposed to stand forever to be a timely reminder about
the importance of liberty and civilization and philanthropy, but it didn't last in the nineteen thirty people referring to it as the mystery monument. So obviously people have forgotten about sucro and is goals and then by the forties, there's discussion about removing it. After decades of neglect. Sometime in the nineteen fifties, it just disappear. And people discuss it online where it may have gone. So no one knows people really do come up to this hill. The same things that you sutra here bring dogwalkers and just urban walkers to come up here. Maybe through these kind of discussions we can actually have someone maybe decide to build a new statue me. Who knows what it would look like, though, imagine the debates about how a Jew symbolise liberty and philanthropy yeah. I don't know if I would like this anything else here. Does that make me word? Ok, I know I mean that is there
What we should have here is a little plaque telling people that there was once this beautiful sculpture to light and liberty and philanthropy, and now it's gone. So that's what we need to work on, although a sense of mysteries always good. You know people look up and think what could have been up there. What is missing? Ninety nine percent, invisible. As about the stories of human made objects- and maybe in this case the absence of the object makes for a better story, a monument to learning and light and liberty- that's Missy is almost a more amazing monument that says more about about just neglect and how a city forgets its past. Ninety nine percent invisible was produced by me, roman Mars, with support from lunar it's a product of k, Ale, W Americans tool of Arctic San Francisco and the centre for architecture and design for not more and see pictures at ninety nine percent, invisible dot, Org
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