Quêbec Libre!, (Vaillancourt Fountain)

Detail Of One End
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Here is a closeup shot of one end of the fountain. The end just happened to be high up in the interior of the fountain.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:38:10 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7930
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A Constant Cascade Of Water
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When operating over most of the year, the fountain provides a constant cascade of water recycled from its knee deep basin.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:35:05 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7915
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One Full Corner Of The Plaza
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The fountain occupies one full corner of the plaza and is as much an image of the aftermath as it is a representation of the contemporary world gone astray.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:35:36 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7916
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A Place to Explore
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Not just a fountain, but a place to explore. Stairs behind the fountain provided safe access to platforms in the center.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:35:36 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7917
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View Of Its Interplay Of Water
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A view of the interior showing its dramatic interplay of water. Notice the foot path just visible in the lower right.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:36:15 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7918
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A Couple Walked The Path
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Just to give a sense of scale, here are two people walked the path inside the fountain.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:36:29 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7920
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A Sign Identified The Fountain
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A sign on one edge of the fountain identified it as:

Armand Vaillancourt
(Canada)
Vaillancourt Fountain
1971
precast aggregate
concrete


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:36:39 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7921
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One View Inside From A Platform
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Here was one view looking down at the interior of the fountain from a platform inside it.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:38:07 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7929
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Shaded By The Embarcadero Center
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The Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) was located in Justin Herman Plaza, just across the street from the Ferry Building in San Francisco. In the afternoon, the shadows of the Embarcadero Center towers shade part of the fountain.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:34:34 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7913
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Stairs Outside Led To Platform Inside
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Behind the fountain was a pedestrian path and a stairway that led up and into the inside of the fountain.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:39:34 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7936
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The Inside Path From Platform Inside
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The path that led into the interior of the fountain as viewed from one of the platforms accessible form stairways behind.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:39:57 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_7938
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A Photographer Snapped The Fountain
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A photographer in the plaza took a photograph of the fountain.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:40:37 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7940
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Fountain With City In Front Of It
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A view from behind and inside the fountain looking out at the city beyond it.


Quêbec Libre! (Vaillancourt Fountain) 1980   •  Artist Armand Vaillancourt external link (Canada) 1929-   •  Justin Herman Plaza, Foot of Market Street, San Francisco   •  (Photo posted Thursday 3 October 2012)   •  (Photo taken 15:40:44 Sunday 18 September 2011)   •  © 2012 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_7941
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