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Mechanics Monument Plaza

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Mechanics Monument was created by sculptor Douglas Tilden. The surrounding city plaza is the perfect place to recharge.

The Mechanics Monument is a group of bronze sculptures sitting in a serene pool of water located at the confluence of Market, Bush and Battery streets in downtown San Francisco. Designed by artist Douglas Tilden, this homage in bronze was commissioned as part of a streets beautification program in the early 20th century, and serves to memorialize industry and commerce, depicting five nude figures (representing the “five ages of man”) operating a punching machine atop a boilerplate. The bronze figures were installed on granite base in 1901 and have served as a visual locus and focus point for the downtown community ever since.

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