Streets of San Francisco (click to enlarge)
Streets of San Francisco
Title: "Streets of San Francisco"
by Jay Koka, © 2007
36”w x 48”, acrylic on canvas, Private Collection
Jay Koka: I was in San Francisco in the early 80's on a business trip. I had rented a "K" car and took it for a spin around SFO. An unforgettable feature of that fun-filled drive was a leap off of Knob Hill. (Yes, it was me that brought back that car you rented, sorry.) I'll never forget how for just one terrifying moment, there was nothing but clear blue sky in all of the windows.
Fast forward over 20 years to the summer of 2006. Cathy and I spent a few days in SFO because I like to walk and drive around scouting locations for potential paintings. I was walking down the ultra-steep Mason Street hill towards Pine when I flashed back to that earlier drive. And that's how instantly the idea for the painting was formed. I know exactly how this driver feels: there's a moment of intense, adrenaline-filled terror knowing how hard the road's going to be and a moment of exhilaration as you fly through the air on wings the car isn't supposed to have. Of course, all of that will pale in comparison to what it's going to cost to fix this ride."
"The Streets of San Francisco" features a Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe in full flight off of the crest of Mason Street hill at California. The driver is soon to notice that the light at Pine Street is red… but that's probably the least of his problems.
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