Patrick Dougherty’s The Upper Crust to be Deinstalled on February 23, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kate Patterson, San Francisco Arts Commission
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Patrick Dougherty’s The Upper Crust to Leave Civic Center Plaza on February 23, 2010
San Francisco, February 3, 2010– Luis R. Cancel, director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission announces the removal of acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Dougherty’s temporary sculpture, The Upper Crust, from Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza on February 23, 2010. The artist’s first project in San Francisco, The Upper Crust was created with over 4,500 lbs. of willow saplings interwoven into the tops of the sycamore trees located on the south side of the plaza. The 12-15 feet tall cocoon-like forms were inspired by City Hall’s rotunda and were made without an internal structure, hardware or any outside means of attachment. Since its installation in February 2009, the sculpture has dramatically changed in appearance with the arrival of each new season.
“The enthusiastic public response to Patrick Dougherty’s sculpture has brought a renewed interest in the Civic Center, and The Upper Crust has been an important catalyst for other positive changes in the plaza that have resulted in a more dynamic and enjoyable civic space,” stated Luis R. Cancel. “This work by Mr. Dougherty is part of our effort to highlight how art and environmental awareness could be conjoined. We look forward to presenting other artworks in the Civic Center in the future and to bringing renowned contemporary artists to San Francisco for all to enjoy through the Temporary Projects in Natural Settings Initiative.”
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