If you’ve been to the Blue Bottle Cafe lately, you’ve probably noticed the sizable public sculpture, emblazoned with a beet, on the sidewalk just outside the front door. Is it a new take on 2004′s Hearts in San Francisco public sculpture project — itself inspired by 1999′s Chicago Cows on Parade exhibit?
No, it’s much more crass and commercial. But it makes for a nice conversation piece.
The sculpture is part of a Google Maps promotional campaign, and it marks the Blue Bottle Cafe as one of Alice Waters’ favorite places. In addition to Ms. Waters, who defined the farm-fresh & local style of restaurant dining that has dominated the Bay Area for decades (through Berkeley’s Chez Panisse and other establishments), there are sculptures around town marking off the favorite haunts of culinary stars such as Michael Minna and Gary Danko.
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