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San Francisco by Zhan Wang

 - May 6, 2008
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It seems there are many artists who share a fascination with the San Francisco skyline. We've already seen a Jell-O SF landscape, and now there's this cityscape made of pots, pans and other kitchen tools.

Zhan Wang, a Beijing artist, is the creator of this metal masterpiece, which is currently on display at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. He makes his projects by bending metal around rocks he collects from various regions of the world.

"Wang has selected rocks from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, alluding to the nineteenth-century Chinese immigrant experience of mining gold during the California gold rush,' the Museum's site says. "Both the actual rocks and their stainless steel versions will be exhibited. The artist will also create a topographic San Francisco cityscapeâ€"one of his 'urban landscape' seriesâ€" using steel rocks, mirrored surfaces, silverware, and stainless steel pots and pans."

It's incredible to see that from a variety of mediums, different artists' interpretations can result in such incredibly diverse visual translations, yet they remain recognizable to anyone familiar with the SF skyline.