So Gillian and I are currently on our epic geek trip, and I’d like to to tell you about the first stop we made last Thursday: the Yoda Fountain outside Lucasfilm’s San Francisco HQ.
Within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, the full-size replica of the Jedi master has been sitting on the Presidio’s landscaped lawns since 2005. A gift from the sculptor Lawrence Noble to George Lucas, it’s one of several Yoda statues around San Francisco, including at Big Rock Ranch and in San Anselmo (more on that later). Inevitably, it attracts all sorts of crazy Star Wars devotees – like me.
It was a windy, chilly day when we arrived, and two cleaners were giving the fountain a good scrubbing (!). The lobby of Lucasfilm is also open to the public, and contains all sorts of Star Wars memorabilia. But I shall let the images do the talking.
That same day, we also took a trip to Imagination Park in San Anselmo, where life-size bronze statues of Yoda and Indiana Jones were installed earlier this year. Also sculpted by Noble, the property and the statues were a gift from Lucas, who has lived in San Anselmo for decades. As Lucas put it, its “a little monument to remind everybody that this is where the whole thing started”.
San Anselmo itself is halfway between San Francisco and Petaluma, home to Rancho Obi-Wan (We’ll be talking about our visit there in a later post). And as you stand in the shadow of Indy and talk a little walk around the fountain where Indy and Yoda sit, I swear you can hear the crack of a bullwhip, and the quiet strains of the famous theme: dum-der-dum-dum, dum-der-dum…
I know how it’s going to sound, but I feel that at this point, my fanboy credentials have accelerated into the stratosphere at light speed. And It’s mainly because I interviewed Frank Oz, the voice and hands of Yoda for my old employers The Straits Times, when he visited Singapore back in April. So now I’ve met Yoda in the flesh, as well as in the…bronze.
Next stop on our geek trip: San Diego Comic Con. Keep watching this space for more updates!
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Most of the images in this post were taken with a Nikon 1 V2