Selected Artwork Proposal for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Public Art Project

Selected Artwork Proposal for the
Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Public Art Project

Proposal Exhibition Dates: September 14 – 28, 2015

Main Library
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Library Hours: Mon: 10 – 6; Tues – Thurs: 9 – 8, Fri: 12 – 6; Sat: 10 – 6; Sun: 12 – 5

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The San Francisco Arts Commission’s goal was to commission a series of significant, museum caliber sculptures of the highest aesthetic quality for permanent along the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit route. A national call for artists was issued in July 2012, after which a public selection panel choose three artists to create proposals for this site: Jorge Pardo, Norie Sato, and Janet Zweig. The selection panel reconvened in August 2013 to review the proposals and selected the proposal by Jorge Pardo to recommend to the Arts Commission for this opportunity.


Jorge Pardo’s work draws on multiple disciplines as it challenges historical definitions and discourses. His visually seductive body of work explores the intersection of contemporary painting, design, sculpture, and architecture. Employing a broad palette of vibrant colors, eclectic patterns, and natural and industrial materials, Pardo’s works range from murals to home furnishings to collages to larger-than-life fabrications.

For the Van ness Bus Rapid Transit project, Pardo has designed three large scale lighting sculptures (20’x7.5’x5.5’). The sculptures will be fabricated from steel that will be illuminated from within. The artworks will be cited at the end of the platforms at the Market, Sutter-Bush and Union Street Stations.

Artist Statement – “the work is an urban coastal redwood……it is made of steel, light and weather… is young not old….it comes out of the concrete…not the soil….it does not grow…..its purpose is to orient and remind ….maybe of the past….maybe the present… is an urban machine…

Pardo_images_board-2Pardo_images_board-1OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT:

If you would like to share your comments on the selected proposal, you may attend the Visual Arts Committee meeting and make a statement during the public comment period. The meeting will take place on October 21, 2015, 3 p.m. at 401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 125. Agendas for Arts Commission meetings may be found online here:

You may also email your comments to Zoë Taleporos, Public Art Program Associate at or mail/hand deliver comments to 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 345. All comments are due by 5 p.m. on October 20, 2015.


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San Francisco Arts Commission

401 Van Ness, Ste. 325
San Francisco, CA 94102

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