Bayview Mural Recognized as One of the Best Public Artworks in the Country by Americans for the Arts
Bayview Rise is Honored by Public Art Network Year in Review
SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2015—Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honors 31 outstanding public arts projects created in 2014 through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The works were chosen from more than 300 entries across the country and recognized at Americans for the Arts’ 2015 Annual Convention in Chicago.
Bayview Rise, by the Seattle-based artist team Haddad|Drugan (Laura Hadadd and Tom Drugan), is an illuminated mural commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission on behalf of the Port of San Francisco for its 187-foot decommissioned grain elevator and silos at Pier 92, located at the north entry into the Bayview Hunters Point district. While conceptualizing the mural Haddad|Drugan researched the history, culture, and future plans for district. The artists created graphic imagery that references stories related to the neighborhood’s industry, infrastructure and ecology. During the evening different light colors cause parts of the mural of that same color to glow while other colors recede into the dark background. As the light colors shift, images appear to float in and out of the scene. The large scale of the mural makes the artwork visible from surrounding hillsides and freeways, creating a landmark for the Bayview.
“Bringing art into the Community plays a fundamental role in reviving historically disadvantaged communities. This mural helps the Bayview community thrive by imparting a sense of pride and by promoting civic engagement and preservation of space and place,” said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, “I, along with the Bayview Community are proud to display the Bayview Rise Mural as it accomplishes these objectives while representing the wide diversity of the Bayview neighborhood.”
“We are thrilled that Bayview Rise has been recognized by the Public Art Network as one of the best public artworks in the country,” said Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission Tom DeCaigny. “It’s not every day that we have an opportunity to transform a colossal abandoned grain silo into a work of art. The artists and public art staff who made this project come to fruition are most deserving of this recognition. It’s a truly transformative project.”
“The iconic mural Bayview Rise uniquely captures the history, culture and spirit of the Bayview community,” said Kimberly Brandon, San Francisco Port Commissioner. “The Port is proud to showcase this outstanding public art on San Francisco’s waterfront. Congratulations to the artists, city staff and everyone involved in the project for this prestigious recognition by Public Art Network.”
“The best of public art can challenge, delight, educate and illuminate. Most of all, public art creates a sense of civic vitality in the cities, towns, and communities we inhabit and visit,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “As these Public Art Network Year in Review selections illustrate, public art has the power to enhance our lives on a scale that little else can. I congratulate the artists and commissioning groups for these community treasures, and I look forward to honoring more great works in the years to come.”
The 2015 PAN Year in Review jurors were Peggy Kendellen, Public Art Manager, Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Oregon; Laurie Jo Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Public Arts, Social Justice and Culture at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Ernest C. Wong, Principal, site design group, ltd in Chicago.
The 31 public art works selected for the PAN Year in Review can be seen on this page. The presentation, which includes photos and descriptions of these works, are available through Americans for the Arts’ store.
The Public Art Network (PAN), a program of Americans for the Arts, is designed to provide services to the diverse field of public art and to develop strategies and tools to improve communities through public art. The network’s constituents are public art professionals, visual artists, design professionals, and communities and organizations planning public art projects and programs.
The San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy.
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.