Thursday, July 01, 2004

Yerba Buena

It's been a while since I've been to San Francisco and even longer since I've been to an event at the Moscone Center. The area around the convention center has changed a lot. I'm especially impressed with the Yerba Buena Gardens which surround the area around the convention center. It's a wondrous use of space. Walking through it is both visually stimulating and strangely refreshing. I think its the combination of beautiful architecture and some of the peaceful serenity of the gardens laid out between the main buildings that make up this complex. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is especially pleasing and powerful. It's a granite gallery where one side is a series of glass panels with quotes from MLK's speeches and writings, once in english and then translated into a different language. The other side of the gallery is formed by large grey granite pillars and the cascade of a waterfall that is spilling down from a large fountain on the roof of the memorial into a pool at ground level. Really remarkable. The other cool and somewhat geeky fixture in the area is the Sony Metreon which is basically an "entertainment mall". Movies, games, books, gadgets, food and bars. What more could you ask for?

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