On my way back from trekking around the Muir Woods, north of the Golden Gate Bridge, I was passing through the Presidio when I decided to make a stop at the “California Palace of the Legion of Honor” (or just shortened to “Legion of Honor”), particularly to take a picture (or series of pictures) of The Thinker replica by the sculptor Auguste Rodin.


View Legion of Honor, San Francisco in a larger map

The Legion of Honor is one of many architectural sights in San Francisco. But I think the Legion of Honor is a lesser known building if compared to the San Francisco City Hall or the Palace of Fine Arts (the last remaining structure from the 1915 Expo). It is often a venue for newly weds’ photo shoots.

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The thinker occupies the center of the courtyard of the palace called the Court of Honor.

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The purpose for my visit was actually to experiment with Microsoft Photosynth which enables a 3D rendering of a series of photographs of a single subject. I have been using Photosynth for for Panoramas, but this is equally cool.

Here is the Photosynth

I’m not sure of that squat pyramid below is supposed be a mini  replica of the one in the Louvre in Paris.

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El Cid

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Back at the parking lot, there is this massive colored sculpture made of steel girders by Mark di Suvero called (quote obviously) Painted Steel.

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So ends todays lakwatsa around San Francisco… back to malling and shopping. Hmmm… I haven’t had lunch yet.