Two New Public Artworks and a Restored and Extended Mural for the Renovated Eureka Valley Recreation Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jennifer Lovvorn at (415)252-2594
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The San Francisco Arts Commission is pleased to announce the completion of two new public artworks and a restored and extended mural in conjunction with the renovation of the Eureka Valley Recreation Center located at 100 Collingwood Street. Artist Vicki Saulls was selected for the site-specific commissions through the Arts Commission’s Public Art Program which, by city ordinance, allocates 2% of the construction cost of civic buildings, new parks and other capital projects for public art. As part of the center’s renovation, the Recreation and Park Department funded the restoration and extension of the existing mural by Betsie Miller-Kusz. These projects will be dedicated in a grand opening celebration for the recreation center on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at noon. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department at (415) 831-2782.
“From the Heart Outwards,” Saulls’s sculptural tile piece for the recreation center’s entrance lobby, features groupings of cast hands of Eureka Valley residents, recreation center users, and those involved in the center’s renovation. This artwork reflects the diverse character of this community center by including people from such groups as the Gay Basketball League, the Eureka Valley Seniors Group, neighboring community members, and a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer teen program. In viewing the artwork, which consists of 19 tiles featuring over 50 cast hands, the physical differences of the individuals becomes apparent. The installation can be viewed during the center’s normal operating hours. For a schedule, call the Recreation and Park Department at (415) 831-2700.
“Welcome Hands,” the second part of Saulls’s work, is a series of cast concrete tiles installed in four columns along the sidewalk fence at the front of the center on Collingwood Street. This exterior piece sculpturally illustrates the welcoming gesture of an open hand leading into the center. It visually signifies the openness of the Eureka Valley Recreation Center to the full range of groups and individuals who utilize the facility.
Vicki Saulls has been producing art in the Bay Area for over 25 years. During the course of her career, Saulls has served as a senior sculptor and designer for internationally-recognized cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Museo del Niños Papalote of Mexico City, Yosemite National Park, and the Taiwan National Museum of Natural History. She recently completed two public art projects for the renovation of North Beach Pool and also completed a ceramic tile series for the renovation of Union Square. She is currently the project artist for the Koret Children’s Playground in Golden Gate Park administered through the San Francisco Arts Commission.
The Eureka Valley Recreation Center renovation includes the restoration and addition of a new section to the mural “Time After Time,” first painted in 1993 by artist Betsie Miller-Kusz. This mural was dedicated to Claire Anderson, a popular director at the recreation center for 35 years, and the mural depicts waves of music as color moving out from a piano. This original composition has been extended to cover two sides of the new Teen Center building. The original mural, sponsored by the Eureka Valley Trails & Art Network, was painted with help from the surrounding community.