New Public Art at the Potrero Branch Library

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NEW PUBLIC ARTWORK BY BAY AREA ARTIST
GINA TELCOCCI AT THE POTRERO BRANCH LIBRARY REFLECTS NEIGHBORHOOD’S CULTURE AND HISTORY

"here and past here" by Gina Telcocci

"here and past here" by Gina Telcocci

SAN FRANCISCO, February 10, 2010 – Luis R. Cancel, director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission, is pleased to announce a new public artwork by Bay Area artist Gina Telcocci for the Potrero Branch Library, which opens on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Suspended above the library’s main staircase, here and past here is an abstract sculpture with many layers of meaning referencing the unique natural and cultural history of the Potrero Hill neighborhood.

“At the beginning of her process, Gina Telcocci listened carefully to the neighborhood residents,” stated Luis R. Cancel. “The result of this careful listening is a beautiful and dynamic sculpture that demonstrates a genuine sensitivity and respect for Potrero Hill’s rich history and community.”

“Gina Telcocci’s artwork encourages reflection on the unique cultural and natural history of Potrero Hill,” stated District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell. “It is a beautiful work of art and a wonderful symbol for neighborhood.”

Telcocci based the form of here and past here on the nut of a California Buckeye, a native tree that was an important resource for the Muwekma Ohlone Indian Tribe who once occupied the area. The sculpture’s skeleton was created with willow and partially thatched with tule reeds using ancient weaving techniques that were employed in Ohlone house construction. At the bottom of the Buckeye nut form, the tule reed is twisted into a rope and spliced with a manila rope. The manila rope references Tubbs Cordage Company, an early business on the Potrero Hill waterfront that was linked with the area’s once vibrant shipping business. The “stem” of the Buckeye nut was carved from balsawood to create a drawing in space. The sculpture is accented by an abstract metal wheel representing the iron and steel manufacturing businesses located in the neighborhood in the first half of the 20th century. Adjacent to the sculpture is a woven net element that reflects the shape of the Buckeye nut to create a sculptural shadow.

According to Ms. Telcocci, “It was fascinating learning about Potrero Hill and its history. I hope this art reflects something of my appreciation for the place and its people.”

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.

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