New Public Artwork at the Portola Branch Library

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Media contact: Mary Chou at 415.252.3215, mary.chou@sfgov.org
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Photo by artist Dana Zed

Luis R. Cancel, Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission, is pleased to announce the completion of California Wildflowers, a permanent site-specific sculpture by Bay Area artist Dana Zed for the new Portola Branch Library located at 380 Bacon at Goettingen. The opening ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 1 PM.

California Wildflowers is a set of four handmade glass and metal shutters installed in the front window of the new Portola Branch Library. Dana Zed has created a colorful set of twenty individual and unique glass panels depicting California indigenous wildflowers, such as chamomile, daisy, echinacea, lavender, morning glory, poppy, star flower, and western dogwood. The artist’s translucent artwork, which can be viewed from both the exterior and interior of the facility, was inspired by the many nurseries once located in the Portola neighborhood.

Dana Zed’s unique handmade architectural glass panels and tiles are installed in both public and private buildings throughout the Bay Area. She also creates glass sculptures. Her technique for the Portola Branch Library artwork was to make molds from her drawings of indigenous plants for kiln casting the glass sheets and glass powders that comprise the panels.

California Wildflowers was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for the Portola Branch Library as part of the San Francisco Public Library’s Branch Library Improvement Program.

About the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Public Art Program

Established by charter in 1932, 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. 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 Gallery, Street Artists Licensing; and the Summer in the City Concert Series.

The Arts Commission’s Public Art Program was established by City 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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