It's reasonable to expect that the transformation of the now-destroyed structure once known as San Francisco's Transbay Terminal into a glistening new hub for high-speed rail will be for the best. In its final years, the old Transbay Terminal had become a de facto homeless shelter and generally scary Greyhound Bus terminal.
Yet it appears that the terminal's replacement, to be called the Transbay Transit Center, will have its unsettling aspects as well. Last week, the San Francisco Arts Commission and Transbay Joint Powers Authority announced that contemporary artist Tim Hawkinson has been selected to design a giant sculpture (see artist's rendering, above) for the new facility that will greet commuters at the corner of Mission and Fremont streets. While the design is still only conceptual in nature, it promises to be imposing, if not slightly ominous.