The fountain's actual name is Québec libre!
and its Canadian creator, Armand Vaillancourt, meant it as a tribute to Quebec's secessionist movement. OK! Just about all the locals I've mentioned the fountain to consider it quite ugly. U2's Bono once scrawled graffiti on the fountain during a free concert on its plaza, winning the admiration of the artist who was then invited onstage at the band's Oakland show the next day.
Labels: Afternoon View, art, San Francisco