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Revival of the Old EmporiumSize: 30" x 44"
Medium: Graphite + ink on paper
Francisco's Old Emporium is located at 5th Street, between Market and Mission Streets. The classical façade that survived the 1906 earthquake and the glorious rotunda, by which shoppers browsed underneath was called the “greatest mercantile building in the world”, when it opened in 1896. The Emporium was a cultural crossroads for decades by Bay Area residents who met under the dome.
The Revival of the Old Emporium is presented in re-construction, sharing with the public the building’s skeleton and the dome’s foundation. In this drawing I attempt to show the beginning of the construction phase.
This drawing was first exhibited in 2006, at DA Arts, San Francisco, during Patricia's Solo Show, titled RECONSTRUCTING SOMA, followed by another exhibition in 2008, titled HEART OF THE CITY: Two Person Art Exhibit and Book Release - Patricia Araujo and Mark Ellinger, at the North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District Corporation, San Francisco, CA. (6 months exhibition). Revival of the Old Emporium was last exhibited at the Bayview Opera House. For more information and venue location please visit here.
The Revival of the Old Emporium is featured in Patricia's book entitled, SOMA SEEN, published in 2008.
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