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Vaillancourt Fountain, San Francisco

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Fountain · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Vaillancourt Fountain, sometimes called Quebec libre!, is a large fountain in Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco, designed by the Québécois artist Armand Vaillancourt in 1971. It is about 40 feet (12 m) high and is constructed out of precast concrete square tubes. Long considered controversial because of its stark, modernist appearance, there have been several unsuccessful proposals to demolish the fountain over the years. It was the site of a free concert by U2 in 1987, when lead singer Bono spray painted graffiti on the fountain and was both praised and criticized for the action.

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  • I ofen walk by the Villaincourt Fountain, which is located in between the Hyatt Regency and the Ferry Building, in the Embarcadero Area. Its an intereting sculpture.  more »
  • Cool to look at, cool under patch beneath structure, but smelly sus green water.
  • This fairly large water structure is an interesting sight and can even be walked on and in... In certain areas of course. Not much else to it. Just something to look at as you hang out at the park or nearby farmer's market.

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