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San Francisco's Defenestration building to be demolished

Defenestration building in San Francisco
This is the last weekend to take in a San Francisco landmark. For 17 years, furniture has crawled out of the vacant Hugo Hotel at Sixth and Howard. On Tuesday it will come down.

What started as a six-month exhibit, stretched into 17 years of furniture dangling, drooping and dancing across Hugo Hotel.



"I feel as if I've been a custodian for many years," artist Brian Goggin said.

Goggin's work, titled "Defenestration" -- which means to throw out the window -- has become a landmark for locals and a highlight for tourists.

More than 100 volunteers helped with installation in 1997 and more recently, the community came together to save it. However, on Tuesday, the teetering tub will finally land on solid ground.

"I am a little sad and I wish that it could remain longer," said Goggin.

The building will be bulldozed in a few months to make way for new affordable housing. The decision has split the neighborhood. Some say the building is an eyesore and others say they'll miss the artwork.

Varnish Fine Art is selling the sculptures.

"The prices range from $650 for a lamp and they're working lamps to $35,000 for the craning clock," Jen Rogers from Varnish Fine Art said.

Taken together, neighbors see the space as priceless.

Neighbor Maya Griffin said, "There's many landmarks, but nothing like this. I think it will be a sad thing to see it go."

This weekend is your chance to say goodbye.
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