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Abstract Flower Towered Over The Roof (150 views)
The Tulip 1981
Material: Concrete

Artist: John C. Portman Jr.
external link (Georgia)
4 Embarcadero Center
external link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Monday 18 February 2013)

(Photo taken 11:10:20 Thursday 7 January 2010)

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This concrete flower towered over the roof of the 4 Embarcadero Center. Notice the spiral ramp that is part of the sculpture and provides access to all three floors. This shot was taken from a room in the Hayatt Regency Hotel.

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(2 of 11) "The Tulip" on a foggy day with the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the background. The fog had just begun to burn off.
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(3 of 11) A view of "The Tulip" looking up from the top floor of the 4 Embarcadero Center. Behind the sculpture was the 4 Embarcadero Center highrise.
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(4 of 11) The base of "The Tulip" sculpture was surrounded by a rich arrangement of foliage. That garden was itself surrounded by a small fountain, unseen here.
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(5 of 11) Oner of the arms that held up the spiral ramp that led from floor to floor in the shopping area.
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(6 of 11) Small lamps lined the edge of "The Tulip" sculpture. They were off during the day, no matter how gray or overcast the day, but were lit at night.
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(7 of 11) A water stained, chrome metal sign identified the sculpture as: "John C. Portman jr. (Georgia) The Tulip 1981 concrete."
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(8 of 11) "The Tulip" sculpture as viewed from the outdoor portion of the 4 Embarcadero Center. Here, the Hayatt Regency Hotel lay behind the sculpture.
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(9 of 11) A detailed close-up of "The Tulip" sculpture. Note the cross braces in the center. Also notice how the lights are set into metal pieces that run the length of the interior edge.
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(10 of 11) A detail shot of the top of "The Tulip" sculpture. Notice how the interior bracing is box-like, whereas the petals are formed from relaxed curves.
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(11 of 11) The petal tips of "The Tulip" sculpture with their edging of small lamps.