Unexpectedly, I happened to be passing by 16th street, and Mission Ave, in the district of San Francisco known as "The Mission" (home to Mission Dolores, the original Spanish mission church for S.F.) and saw this unique sculpture. I had passed by this corner many times, but never really spent much time there, as this corner is a little dicey with vagrants and addicts. But there amidst the rabble was a splendid sculpture in light, glass and stainless steel by artist Cork Marcheschi, fabricated by Reid Johnston.
I suppose i never noticed it during the daylight, and really only noticed it because of its interior lighting. It is placed atop one of the square exit/entrance shaft locations for an elevator that goes below ground to the BART subway. I suppose it has an electrical light that is built in for the purpose of lighting the elevator, and this is made to good use by the artist to light his glass sculpture at night. The exterior also has mosaic murals on four sides, but these were hard to see at night.
The glass house is composed of various colors of stained glass, and it seems they might have been sandblasted or the artist used an opalescent, as there is an opacity to the glass and obscures the interior.
The disk in the peak panel seems cut out of plexiglass, or else a very good interior cut in glass, as it doesn't appear to have a score leading to the outside edge and a colored disk floats in its center.
this is an interesting piece, titled 'Home' (2006), considering the rough and transient nature of much of this street corners population. Perhaps the artists intention was to invoke the idea of home, of a settled life lived in many colors, and present this to a largely transient population. Perhaps as a way of presenting an image of security and peace into a gray, survival minded, and suffering way of life.