Proposal: Public Art for Tutubi Plaza (SOMA Alleyways Improvement Project)

Artist Jovi Schnell created a design for a street treatment to be located at Tutubi Plaza, a new pedestrian space on Russ Street between Minna and Tehama streets. This project will be implemented in conjunction with San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s SOMA Alleyways Improvement Project. Enhancements to this location include trees and benches, to create a pedestrian friendly place.

Schnell’s design encompasses a 15 foot wide by 60 foot long area on Russ Street. The design will be fabricated in Streetprint, a new paving treatment that can simulate the look of slate, stone and other design effects, using an asphalt base.

Schnell is an accomplished artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Stedelijk Bureau Museum in Amsterdam and the Brooklyn Museum, New York. Her work often fuses the organic and the mechanic, and draws on symbolic imagery, poetry, history, ecology and technology. She is an adjunct professor at California College of Arts and is a San Francisco resident. She was selected for this commission by a selection panel composed of an Arts Commissioner, an artist with extensive experience in public art projects, a community representative from the South of Market Project Area Committee and a representative from the Redevelopment Agency.

Jovi Schnell’s Proposal for Tutubi Plaza can be viewed and downloaded here.

The Tutubi Plaza Artwork proposal will be presented to the Arts Commission’s Visual Arts Committee for review and approval on June 16, 2010. The meeting starts at 3:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

You may email comments to Eleanor Beaton at by June 14, 2010.

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