Crystal Springs at the DMV

At the Redwood City DMV I noticed this cool painting of Crystal Springs Reservoir and the Crystal Springs Dam. It reminded me of post office WPA art, but without the workers and socialist realist style. The other side of the painting has another stained glass panel. It was startlingly cool for something you’d see up on the wall in the Department of Motor Vehicles, usually a haven for tattered, dorky posters about public safety.

A few years ago I came across the trailhead at Crystal Springs Reservoir for the Sawyer Camp Trail completely by accident while I was lost on the way somewhere, driving around aimlessly. (In my family, getting lost is known as “exploring”.) I highly recommend it as a biking or hiking trail, or as somewhere cool to stop and gawk if you’re going down Highway 280. You can read a bunch of historical information markers about the dam, built in 1890, survivor of many strong earthquakes despite being about 100 yards from the San Andreas Fault.

2 Comments so far

  1. Nancy (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

    The only artwork seen at the SF DMV on Fell are multiple postings of the words (paraphrased from memory): “IT IS A FEDERAL CRIME TO THREATEN CIVIL EMPLOYEES”

    At first, I thought it a bit heavy-handed, but by the time *I* got through the line (even with my scheduled ‘appointment’) I realized that it was a MUCH needed reminder.

  2. anna (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    In Antiques Roadshow-north dakota episode, a guy comes in with a big landscape, and it’s a wpa painting done to lure people out to the West. Reminds me of this one. Of course it was worth tons of cashola! I like the DMV trying to spruce things up.

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