Friday, August 10, 2007
The Natural Beauty of Blade Runner
After an eight-hour drive from Palm Springs through the San Joaquin Valley, we returned to the "marine layer" of San Francisco...
...which had a "Blade Runner" air about it, partly because of the mixture of fog and the tinted windshield, but also because of the looming monstrosity being erected on Rincon Hill overlooking the Bay Bridge.
The building will be a perfect complement to the proposed new San Francisco museum which will house the billion-dollar modern art collection of Donald Fisher, the patriarch of one of San Francisco's premier gangster families who haven't seen a redwood tree or public school or starving worker without feeling the need to exploit them for further gain.
Mr. Fisher, in yet another charming gesture at screwing the public, wants to plop his paean to exploitation-alchemized-into-art into the middle of a national park, the Presidio, which somehow seems perfect, since nothing says "natural beauty" to me more than the works of Warhol, Richter, Lichtenstein and Serra.