San 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 Old Emporium converted to Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre in September, 2006.
Metamorphosis II, is a second attempt in the working series devoted to the Old Emporium building site, the glorious structure under a nuclear, emerald-green sky. It is an uplifting moment for the dome, as it seems to rise off the ground, similar to a spaceship. Various windows in color offer imaginary arrival into the infinite.
By Patricia Araujo