New Kinetic Sculpture in Revamped Fulton Playground

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact:
Kate Patterson, San Francisco Arts Commission
Tel: 415-252-4638 Email: kate.patterson@sfgov.org

Moto Ohtake Celebrates His First Public Artwork in San Francisco at a Public Dedication Ceremony on Thursday, October 30 at 11 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO, October 30, 2012 – The newly renovated Fulton Playground will open with a new contemporary sculpture by artist Moto Ohtake whose work is inspired by the natural elements on both macro and microscopic levels. Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Aero #8 is a 22-foot wind driven kinetic sculpture comprised of several interlocking loops in a range of sizes. The loops move in continuous gyroscopic circular motions and are angled differently to create opposing rotations under the same wind conditions, allowing viewers to experience an infinite number of movement combinations in response to changes in weather patterns.

According to Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny, “Moto Ohtake transforms the coastal winds that are a constant at Fulton Playground into a mesmerizing work of art. A wonderful addition to the neighborhood, the sculpture captivates viewers with its elegance and dynamic movement.”

About the Artist
Born in Japan, Mr. Ohtake received his MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. His artwork can be seen in the public collections of Santa Cruz and Stockton, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta, Georgia, and in Dublin, Ireland, and Tokyo, Japan. Moto Ohtake is currently an instructor of sculpture and 3-D design at de Anza College in Cupertino, California.

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 & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Galleries, and Street Artists Licensing. 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. SFAC Public Art website: www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection

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