The Mechanics Monument


The Mechanics Monument is also called the "Naked Man Statue" or Donahue Labor Statue. The monument was completed in 1901 and was able to survive the 1906 earthquake that rocked San Francisco, California and bordering towns. The city erupted in fire after the earthquake, yet the statue remained primarily undamaged.

Today the Mechanics Monument is a place for people to stop and pass some time. There are benches surrounding the statue, making it easy to have a picnic lunch or meet up with a friend. The age of the statue means there are some imperfections that have occurred over time. It is best to admire the statue from afar to truly see the artistry.

An up close look will show the wear, tear, and other damage it has gained overtime. The area is known for the homeless, though the city tries to keep the area clean enough for the downtown workers who stop by for lunch. The statue has four men working away using some type of mechanical equipment. It is set atop a large brick block, with benches on the lower section. A tree frames the statue in the background, adding to the peaceful area.

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