“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
The Financial District is notable for its iconic buildings and stupefying sculpture. Plopped in front of the former headquarters of the Bank of America at 555 California is a 200-ton black granite block officially titled Transcendance, but better known locally as "The Banker's Heart." A few blocks over, the iconic, skyline-defining Transamerica Pyramid looms over a tiny urban redwood grove populated by bronze frogs. The Ferry Building was restored after the 1989 earthquake and reinvented as San Francisco's gourmet central, with boutique food shops, award-winning restaurants and, a pioneering local, organic farmer's market. Near the Ferry Building is the 1971 brutalist Vallaincourt Fountain that locals often debate: does it look more like plumbing or entrails? When U2's Bono graffitied "Rock and roll stops the traffic" on it, even the artist Armand Vaillancourt approved it as an improvement.