The hearts on display in San Francisco's Union Square (among other locations) are made by local artists as part of a fundraising program for San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. Every year a new batch of 5 foot high, 400 pound hearts are made, put on display around the city and auctioned off to raise funds for the hospital. It's a great fundraiser and brings a nice dash of colour to the streets San Francisco.
My girls love visiting the hearts in Union Square. They love to give the hearts a hug and are always excited when we discover a new one. You can see some of their heart love here and a few cards that I've made using the hearts here and here.
Seeing as my girls love the hearts in Union Square so much I decided to help them make their own and take them to Union Square. Here's a look...
|Ava with her Golden Gate Bridge heart|
I drew large hearts onto some thick card, gave the girls a collection of paint and brushes and sat back to watch the creative process unfold.
|Lola ready to paint - and looking like a Crayola advertisement!|
|Hearts ready for painting|
My older daughter Ava decided that she'd like to create her own version of her favourite heart in Union Square, the one that remains constant on the corner of Powell and Post Streets and appears in every tourist's photos. You can see it in the top photo. She very carefully painted a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge and added a portrait of herself in the foreground. I may just be a proud Mummy but I think it turned out great!
|Ava starts by adding some green grass to her painting|
|Ava blows on her painting to help speed up the drying so she can move onto the next part|
|Starting to look familiar|
|Adding the cables|
|Painting herself in the foreground|
|Waiting to dry|
Lola's first painting, much like her subsequent ones, was much more abstract. At two years old she has mastered the art of drawing rainbows and people, however with a paint brush in her hand she tends to go all out and create an explosion of colour! As she painted she gave us a commentary of what appeared in her painting. Apparently there's a lobster, a squid, a fish, a bus and a sign stating "Don't walk on the train tracks because BART will squish you"! There's definitely something lobster coloured there but the rest requires a little imagination.
|Dab, dab, dab...|
|Adding a little blue|
|That could be a lobster at the top!|
|Adding a few final touches|
While their first paintings dried the girls moved onto their next creations. Ava created an homage to San Francisco Zoo with some of her favourite animals and Lola created another colourful abstract piece.
|I see an elephant and a giraffe|
|Now there's a monkey too|
|Pretty purple and blue|
|What could be better than painting with one brush? Painting with two brushes, of course!|
|Time for a break|
After a few more paintings we left the girls' hearts to dry over night (Lola's had some pretty thick blobs of paint!) and then I cut out the heart shapes and mounted them on thick black card.
With their hearts ready to go we headed to Union Square for a few photos.
|Conveniently there is an extra base for the girls' hearts to stand on!|
|Pretty happy with her hearts|
|Lola was pretty happy her hers too|
|Holding Ava's portrait together. |
On a side note, I'm so angry that someone has graffitied on this heart.
|Love these hearts!|
|Fireworks and rainbows|
|So proud of their hearts|
|One last heart to pose with|
|Loving all this posing with the hearts|
On our way back home Ava told me that when she grows up she'd like to be an artist and that maybe one day she can create a real heart sculpture to be displayed in Union Square. What a wonderful dream to have. Keep your eye on Union Square in about 15 years. There just may be a heart sculpture by my budding artist!
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