The 2nd day in San Francisco was another art day. All the days were art related. That’s why I went there. Today’s schedule: the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill to see the WPA murals and the Asian Art Museum to see “China’s Terracotta Warriors” (the Terracotta Warriors will be a separate post).
As well as art, day two was a day of public transport. Bus, Subway, Trolley, bus (and reverse)….sorry, I didn’t go on a cable car. It was also a day of crowds: many crowds…..on the subway, on the trolley, in the Coit Tower, and definitely at the Asian Art Museum. At Pier 39 I waited for the bus that would take me up to the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. It was a blessed crowd-free bus.
I arrived 45 minutes early for the City Guides Tour of the Coit Tower and wandered around the grounds, peered through the fog at what was a barely seeable Alcatraz.
The interior of the Coit Tower has frescoes painted by many artists during the Depression. It was part of the WPA program that FDR cooked up to get the unemployed “employed”. Here are some photos of the frescoes. They are supposed to represent California in one way or another: farming, industry, etc.
If you want to see a larger scale photo, click on the image.
The following frescoes are seen on the 2nd floor and in the stairwell. Which you can only access with a City Guide. This level seems to show the more posh side of California during the depression.