Hildreth Fountain

Valero gas station, Fremont Hub at Mowry Avenue and Fremont Blvd.

Fountain by Damon Hildreth, San Francisco. Mr. Hildreth studied design at Ohio State University and the Institute of Design in Chicago, and earned his B.F.A. from San Francisco Art Institute.

The fountain is made of weathering steel, a self-finishing copper-nickel steel alloy. When exposed to weather the surface crystallizes and forms a self-preserving and self-healing dark, purple-brown, suede-like finish. According to Damon Hildreth, art originally served magical and religious purposes but in modern times, has moved towards entertainment. Hildreth says, "My goal as an artist is to do both, to create form that reflects the visible as well as the hidden … to embody in my work a sense of presence, a sense of life." Fountain is privately owned.