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Size: 50" x 75"
Medium: Oil on panel
Date: 2011-12

Please note: this photo presents 3 paintings paired as a triptych. Each panel is 50" x 25".
Total dimensions: 50" x 75". These paintings are featured in Araujo's book publication, SOMA RISING, in 2012. 

Left to right:
Old Emporium Rising, features San Francisco's Old Emporium dome during the renovation of 2004.
The classical façade that survived the 1906 earthquake and the glorious rotunda, by which shoppers browsed underneath was called the “greatest mercantile building in the world”, when it opened in 1896. The Emporium was a cultural crossroads for decades by Bay Area residents who met under the dome. Since the beginning of 2004, I observed several phases of the construction. The dome is the main architectural element conserved. It has been intriguing to observe the dome suspended by bars and elevated to 60 feet off the original ground level. I have reflected on ancient dome structures, of how they were built, and the careful detail and function of support. It has been a marvelous gift to meet this dome and share it with San Francisco’s cityscape. I am pleased to observe a building’s metamorphosis, still preserving a 20th century beauty into contemporary time. This dome has been housed inside Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre since 2006, at its original address on Mission Street, and in between 4th & 5th Streets.

Oh Mighty Marriott, My Egypt, presents the facade of San Francisco's Marriott Hotel of 4th and Mission Streets. This hotel rises 39 stories high in the skyline. The building has different looks while viewing from a far. It may look like a jukebox . It may have a robotic influence. It can also be seen as an Egyptian Sphinx! The best thing about this hotel is visiting its top floor where the restaurant is at, and while there take a look at the magnificent view of the city! This painting reflects a modern look, in bright and sold tones. The title for this painting is inspired by the Precisionist painter, Charles Demuth, of his painting titled, "My Egypt".

Old Emporium dome at dawn: Once upon a time this dome was seen at sunrise, out in the open, next to a crane awaiting for renovation.


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