Monday, September 21, 2015
The Wave Organ at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco is a really neato sculpture. The jetty on which it rests was constructed partly from tombstones taken from Laurel Hill, a San Francisco cemetery. San Francisco once had cemeteries just like any other city, but eventually the real estate was too much in demand. In 1937 San Francisco moved 35,000 bodies to the city of Colma to be placed into a mass grave with a single "Monument to the Pioneers" to mark the spot, and the original tombstones were used as breakwater fill. Now only a national cemetery at the Presidio remains within city limits. Many years later, some of the lovely original monuments from Laurel Hill were incorporated into the Wave Organ. Concrete pipes extend from the jetty into the bay, and if you hold your ear to them you hear the music of the waves. Each has its own pitch. There are stunning views of the bay and Alcatraz Island, and it's a peaceful oasis from the urban grind.