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"Penguins" by Beniamino B. Bufano, granite, at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center on Civic Center Drive. Penguin sculpture is in entrance between Walnut Street and Stevenson Blvd. Refer also to “Bear and Cubs” and “St. Francis of Assisi” by the same artist. Privately owned.
“Benny” Bufano was born in Italy in 1898 and the family emigrated from Italy to New York when “Benny” was three years old. Bufano came to San Francisco to work on a sculpture for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Later Bufano taught at the San Francisco Institute of Art, at UC-Berkeley, and at the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland. Although Bufano was only five feet tall, his work was often monumental in scale. Bufano remained in San Francisco until his death in 1970.