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Sutro Comes ALIVE

September 20, 2009

Sutro Tower, endlessly scanning the horizon for threats to our fair city.

sutro from valencia 28th to 17th

Stop-motion shots of Sutro Tower along Valencia, from 28th to 17th Street. (The animated GIF might take a few seconds to load.)

But I think it’s pissed about losing another antenna and is about to attack the Golden Gate Bridge.

Kidding!  The “north stack” is being digitally upgraded just like the west stack last month. (And it’s well known that the first thing Sutro would like to attack are the container cranes over in Oakland.)

Low-rez animated GIF because it was the only way I could get it to continuously loop. High resolution Vimeo below that pans twice — but you have to click through to Vimeo, and it still doesn’t loop (arrrrgh).

However, here’s a high-resolution .mov that you can make pan to and fro:

  • Open it in QuickTime and enable Loop (Command-L) before hitting play
  • If you are clever (or bored), hit Command-J in QT, select the video track, rotate the video in Visual Settings, go to full screen, rotate your laptop 90 degrees and pretend you have an AT&T videophone from the movie 2001.

Want more? Esteemed commenter Larry Kenny has an actual zoom lens and has been taking epic shots of the Sutro deconstruction as well as ridiculously tight zooms.  You look at the picture below and think, “Hey, nice zoom, Larry.”


And then he turns his zoom to ELEVEN.

sutro guy wire

That’s just a crop of the ridiculously large picture on his aptly named “large Sutro Tower photo page” that is well worth checking out.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2009 7:21 am

    Wow, this is awesome. Great idea.

  2. September 21, 2009 9:06 am

    I want to see a “Super” Sutro Tower vs. St. Mary’s “The Mauler” Cathedral grudge match!

  3. September 21, 2009 10:30 pm

    Ahhhh makes me dizzy!

  4. burritojustice permalink*
    September 22, 2009 9:29 am

    You’ve got to stare at a single point as it rotates, emamd. (But don’t tell the container cranes – this is Sutro’s secret weapon.)

  5. September 23, 2009 9:36 pm

    No need to qualify the reslessness of your art, Johnny. As you well know, resless is the future. RESLESS REIGNS SUPREME

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