Venus Statue – San Francisco, California - Atlas Obscura

San Francisco, California

Venus Statue

The contorting sculpture is the tallest in San Francisco.  

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This 92-foot tall sparkling swirl is tucked away in the quiet courtyard of Trinity Place apartments on 8th street. It’s surrounded by other sculptures of gods and goddesses that are encased in marble. The centerpiece of the installation is only a few feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. The entire courtyard is entitled “C’era Una Volta” or translated to “Once Upon A Time.”

The city’s largest free standing sculpture and surrounding works were created by the British artist Lawerence Argent. This public art installation consists of 18 individual pieces incorporating stone, metal, and glass. The works are meant to be representative of classical forms found throughout European plazas, utilizing modern technology and techniques.

Although the apartments are private, the courtyard is publicly accessible and created for visitors to enjoy. 

Know Before You Go

Though the address of Trinity Plaza is on 8th street, entrance to the sculpture garden can be accessed from two locations. One being a few feet to the right of the entrance of No. 33, towards Market Street. The other is located around the corner off Mission Street.

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