San Francisco has a new landmark -- a statue almost 100-feet-tall -- and the public won't be seeing it until next year.
The 92-foot-tall "Venus" was unveiled to the media Friday behind construction site fences. Now the tallest sculpture in the city, "Venus" is the centerpiece of a large public art collection that will live in the piazza of Trinity Place, a massive 1,900-unit apartment complex being built on 8th Street, between Market and Mission. It's expected to be completed by March of 2017.
The statue is to be the centerpiece of "C'era Una Volta" ("Once Upon a Time" in Italian), a one-acre public art park described as Trinity Properties founder -- and once San Francisco's biggest landlord -- Angelo Sangiacomo's "lasting gift to his beloved city." Sangiacomo, who died last December at the age of 91, envisioned a collection of large pieces that reference the aesthetics of canonical works, according to Venus's creator, artist Lawrence Argent. For example, "Venus" is Argent's take on the famous ancient Greek statue commonly referred to as "Venus de Milo."
"Angelo had an innate understanding of materials and the complexities of art," Argent said.
The statue was unveiled on June 10, Sangiacomo's birthday.