San Francisco, California: Giant Ghost Figures

Twelve figures resembling ghosts wrapped in long cloth garments line the parapets of a downtown building.

580 California St., San Francisco, CA
California Street at Kearny Street. Look up.
Always visible from sidewalk and are best seen from across the street or at a di Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Giant Ghost Figures

The Muriel Castanis sculptures are sometimes referred to as "the goddesses" or "the corporate goddesses."

[Kris Hachadourian, 04/01/2013]

Ghost Figures.

Giant Ghost Figures

The building on the corner of Kearny and California Streets has twelve untitled figures along the four top edges resembling ghost forms wrapped in long cloth garments. They were created by the sculptress Muriel Castanis from 1982-85 for a commission by the building architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee.

The sculptures are made of molded fiberglass, selected due to its strength, light weight (1200-1300 lbs. each) and weathering properties. The three female figures in each tableau are reproduced on each of the four sides of the building. The sculptor died in 2006.

[Phil Pasquini, 08/21/2009]

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