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Mosaic Reflection

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 8 January 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Crown-Zellerbach Building at One Bush Street in San Francisco.
Built in 1959 - back when Mosaic tiles were very 'in'. The tiles seen here rise 94 meters (308 feet) up this twenty-story building.

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sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Very impressive way to fill the frame.

8 Jan 2009 5:17am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Judging by the fact the wall still has all its tiles I can only guess the builders never employed the same tiler that did my kitchen. Nice perspective to this shot.

8 Jan 2009 5:29am

@Mike: Oh me oh my, Mike - this kitchen project does not sound to have gone very well. It is good this is not the case here - as I imagine the tiles falling from up to twenty floors would probably hurt. I hope you managed to get the tiles put right.

Inés from Namur, Belgium

Sympa cet angle de vue, on en perd un peu la tête !

8 Jan 2009 7:24am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Fantastic geometric composition! And the light is also great!

8 Jan 2009 7:36am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! This is incredible! Would love to see it with my own eyes! :)

8 Jan 2009 7:50am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Love the angle and the lines! Excellent!

8 Jan 2009 10:33am

chrissy from London, United Kingdom

this is very unusual and very impressive, like it very much

8 Jan 2009 11:31am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Wonderful perspective!

8 Jan 2009 12:13pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

tiles at a very different perspective....nice...;)

8 Jan 2009 12:24pm

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Impressive. A different perspective making it look bigger!

8 Jan 2009 12:30pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a nice architectural shot !

8 Jan 2009 4:47pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

cool perspective on this shot - I like all the interesting angles in this.....

8 Jan 2009 4:48pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Fabulous geometry.

8 Jan 2009 5:01pm

Rags from Plano, United States

Great use of lines.

8 Jan 2009 5:27pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

great angle, nice one

8 Jan 2009 5:45pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

308 ft. by 30 ft. - I don't even want to think about how many 1 x 1 tiles that is. Great perspective.

8 Jan 2009 5:46pm

@dogilicious: My poor mind started going down that same steep path. I even thought of going back and actually counting one row so I could get an accurate accounting. Then my better senses kicked-in, and I went and enjoyed a good burger...

Eleftheria! from Athens, Greece


8 Jan 2009 5:59pm

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

awesome shot - I like the reflections on the face of the tile building also - with the sky and the buildings showing on the tile face - the shapes and composition really grab my interest. Have a great weekend coming up!

8 Jan 2009 6:23pm

@Scott Schilling: Thanks Scott - you're the first to mention those subtle reflections off the tiles. That's what drew me to taking this in the first place. A good weekend to you as well.

Veronelle from Lens, France

wouuuuuuuua fantastic perspective

8 Jan 2009 6:27pm

Shrig from Washington, D.C., United States

Up! In the sky! It's complete awesomeness! :P

And to answer your question about Dupont Circle, I'm going to have to ask someone who has been here longer then 6 months. I've only been to Dupont (as in outside the Metro station) twice, and I loved it both times. I'll get back to you :)

8 Jan 2009 6:33pm

@Shrig: Hey Shrig - while you're investigating - I'd love to know if 'The Grog and Tankard' bar is still there just off the circle. I know I could just Google the answer - but you might enjoy researching this. Now - it has been 38 years - so don't look too long or hard. Great bar.

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Awesome composition! Like Sherri said impressive (and very original) way to fill the frame. Great photo. Bravo!

8 Jan 2009 6:46pm

grant from kansas city, United States

another interesting composition and great photo.

8 Jan 2009 8:53pm

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Awesome perspective!

8 Jan 2009 9:02pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Hi... I'm here again...
Great angle Stephen!... I like the tones and your perfect light here... and sometimes... your acrobatic shots... :))

8 Jan 2009 10:52pm

@Francesc B.: I was thinking about you just a few minutes ago - and here you are! Serendipity! Thank you kindly, Francesc!

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

In French we say "Les beaux esprits se rencontrent"... The last small walk with "grandma Greta" and time to go to bed, it's more than midnight here !
See you tomorrow.

8 Jan 2009 11:14pm

@Francesc B.: ...beautiful, indeed, Francesc - good night and sleep well.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Great perspective, such an interesting building with the light and tones from this angle

8 Jan 2009 11:54pm

@JJ: Thank you, JJ. I was 10 years old when they put this up. I remember mosaic everything for a time - ashtrays, napkin holders, lamps, coffee tables, and even artwork hanging on the wall.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wow, what a perspective... dramatic and powerful! Great to see this mosaic wall remain intact. Mosaic tiles at this age would have been peeling off tremendously in my place.:-(

9 Jan 2009 12:31am

@hugo poon: With the earthquake standards in California - I'm guessing these tiles were laid out in commercial sheets with an interior bond - they are in perfect shape after fifty years of exposure to the air.

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Fabulous point of view and very imposing with all the skyscrapers looking down. Beautiful mosaic wall, did you count them...?

9 Jan 2009 1:13am

@Observing: 7,523...7,524...7,525...

Wolfgang - vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

Very impressive!

9 Jan 2009 1:39am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Extraordinarily power image! Great work.

9 Jan 2009 1:54am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

My kind of shot,I love angles like this..It just goes up and up and up !!

9 Jan 2009 7:18am

Claus Petersen from herfølge, Denmark

Amazing sense of scale and hight! :-)

9 Jan 2009 9:58am

melodia from ffm, Germany

spiraling! (hope that's the word i was thinking of in german)

15 Jan 2009 6:36pm

Katie-Rose from United Kingdom

I love the angle you've taken this from. It's a great shot.

17 Jan 2009 11:30pm