Sculptures by Elyn Zimmerman seen at First Market Tower, San Francisco - Waterfall Walls

Waterfall Walls

"Waterfall Walls” is a granite sculpture made by Elyn Zimmerman at the First Market Tower, the east-west center line of San Francisco. These structures have seating on both sides. Along the street face, there is a semi-circular landscape area large enough to include trees and shrubs. The two granite-block waterwalls face one another to make the largest of the “rooms.” Seating is provided by the steps that rim the lower pool of the north waterwall and the stone benches along the center of the space. Beyond the staircase to the south of the plaza there is another large landscape area of trees and shrubs surrounded by seating. They provide a nice place for anyone who needs to rest and relax.

Meet the Creator

Zimmerman's sculptural works range from studio pieces and private commissions to large-scale, site-specific projects. In the mid-1970’s Zimmerman created a number of temporary, site-specific installations for museum and gallery exhibitions. Projects were done at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hudson River Museum, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC. Returning to the USA after a trip to India in 1977 (where she was inspired by archeological sites to do projects outdoors and to work with stone), she was invited to do temporary outdoor works at places like Artpark, Lewiston, NY; 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, NY; Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, and others. Her permanent outdoor projects, beginning in 1980, are best known for the use of stone, often in association with water, (reflecting pools, fountains) and landscape elements. Included among these large scale, public commissions is a fountain to memorialize the World Trade Center bombing, New York City; the design of the Sculpture garden at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama; a fountain and seating area for AT&T headquarters in New Jersey; the plaza design including a large pool and granite sculpture at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC; a plaza project in San Francisco, CA with multiple water elements and seating areas; and a plaza in downtown Vancouver with sculpture and water elements.

Zimmerman was born in Philadelphia, PA, received both undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Art at UCLA, and taught university-level art classes from 1974 to 1986 in California and New York. In the past two decades she has been a visiting professor at Architechure and Landscape Architecture graduate schools - GSD, Harvard; University of PA, Philadelphia; UVA, Charlottesville, VA; She has lived in New York City since 1977.”

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