New Public Art at Ingleside Library


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Ingleside Branch Library Opens with a New Public Artwork by Local Sculptor Eric Powell


San Francisco, August 25, 2009– Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission Luis R. Cancel is pleased to announce a new public artwork by Bay Area metal artist Eric Powell for the new Ingleside Branch Library, which opens on Saturday, September 12, 2009. Mounted above the bookshelves on the back wall of the north reading room, Ocean Current is a 30 ft x 4 ft low-relief sculpture composed of metal tubing fashioned by hand into an organic, curving design inspired by the library’s location and proximity to the Ocean. The surface of the sculpture is awash with subtle colors referencing the neighborhood’s cultural diversity.

“Eric Powell’s sculpture is an inspired piece that pays homage to the neighborhood’s hidden natural water source and to the vibrant and diverse Ingleside community,” stated Luis R. Cancel. “Clearly, Mr. Powell has produced a lyrical wave pattern influenced by the underground stream flowing through the community. We are delighted to have it join the Civic Art Collection.”

Powell is a professional metal artist who designs and fabricates contemporary metal sculpture for both public spaces and private commissions throughout the United States. He has completed many artworks throughout the Bay Area ranging from one-of-a-kind gates and sculptures to large scale public art projects. The artist met several times during the development of his artwork with Ingleside residents, who provided significant input into the artwork.

About the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP) Arts Master Plan
In 2001, Public Art Program Director Jill Manton (now Director of Programs), the Arts Commission and Public Library established a Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP) Arts Master Plan for expenditure of the Art Enrichment funds generated by the construction or renovation of the ten eligible branch libraries throughout San Francisco. The Arts Master Plan provided for a community-based artist selection process in each of the ten neighborhoods, resulting in the integration of a collection of vibrant new artworks created by Bay Area artists for participating branch libraries.

About the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Public Art Program
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. Established by charter in 1932, SFAC programs integrate the arts into all aspects of City life. Programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts and Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Gallery, Street Artists Licensing, and the Summer & the City Concert Series. The agency’s core values are committed to the principle that all residents have equal access to arts experiences in all disciplines, that programs are provided comprehensively and evenly throughout the City, and that they are innovative and of the highest quality.

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the Arts Commission’s Public Art Program was established by the City Arts Enrichment Ordinance in 1969, as one of the first of its kind in the country. The Public Art Program seeks to promote a diverse and stimulating cultural environment to enrich the lives of the city’s residents, visitors and employees. The Program encourages the creative interaction of artists, designers, city staff, officials and community members during the design of City projects in order to develop public art that is specific to the site and meaningful to the community.

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