Hyatt Regency San Francisco photo study of lobby’s Eclipse

Hyatt Regency San Francisco was built when I was a teenager in the 1970s. The lobby has always been an inviting place after a late night of clubbing or just for a quick rest before catching the bus or BART to some other part of the city or Bay Area.

The key feature of the 17-floor high open atrium is a sculpture of anodized aluminum called “Eclipse”.

Today I looked at Eclipse more closely than I have in the nearly 40 years the structure has been in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Embarcadero Center.

Photographic Study of Eclipse

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Eclipse, 1973 – Charles O. Perry (Montana)

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Eclipse sits on three poles over a bed of water.

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This is a massive piece of metal art that requires strong support in the poles.

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The basic structure of Eclipse appears built around pentagonal shapes.

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One of the five glass hotel elevators seen through Eclipse.

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I love the large concrete blocks on the exterior of the Hyatt Regency and all the angles inside and outside of the John Portman designed hotel. Eclipse curves the angular dimensions of space in the hotel interior.

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The feature of hanging light strands was added a few years ago and gives more form to the large, open space of the 17-floor atrium inside the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

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Psychedelic wonderwall view of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco through Eclipse.

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“The Bearable Lightness of Being” in San Francisco.

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“It’s in the water, it’s in the story, it’s where you came from.” Kings of Leon – Radioactive. (photo without flash)

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Photo with flash.

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Full Eclipse.

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Eclipse is the curvature of space in a straight lines structure.

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Eclipse seen from space, well actually, the elevator ride back to my top floor 17th floor room.

The value of being a loyalty traveler is the ability to book a hotel like the Hyatt Regency San Francisco for 15,000 points per night only 24 hours before the biggest weekend crowds to San Francisco of 2012, estimated at one million visitors, for a convergence of outdoor events including Fleet Week with the Blue Angels air show, America’s Cup yacht racing, San Francisco Giants MLB playoff game at AT&T Park, and “Hardly Strictly Bluegrass” a 3-day free festival in Golden Gate Park with an incredible line-up of bands.


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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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