A new kind of rose is blooming in front of the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. According to Hoodline, French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel has planted his gold sculpture "La Rose Des Vents" in front of the structure in Golden Gate Park. In English, the artwork's title means "wind rose" or "compass rose."
The ornate, white conservatory makes a dramatic backdrop for the swirling gold sculpture. According to the Hoodline article, this isn't the first time Othoniel has displayed his work in a garden: He was the first artist in 300 years to have a permanent installation in the gardens around the Palace of Versailles.
This isn't the final SF home for the art. It will only be displayed in the park until next June. The city is currently looking for a permanent home for it after that.
Gallery 836M (with assistance from San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Recreation & Parks) is hosting the work in the park. They will have a small, semi-public event in its honor from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow.