Public Art Proposal Display

Ambulance Deployment Facility Public Art Project

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The San Francisco Arts Commission is working with the San Francisco Fire Department and the Department of Public Works to commission public artwork(s) for the Ambulance Deployment Facility, which will be located between Jerrold and McKinnon Avenues, behind Fire Station #9. The goal of the public art project is to create an iconic public identity for the Ambulance Deployment Facility and establish a civic presence this neighborhood. Five artists were chosen as finalists by a Public Art Selection Panel to create site-specific proposals for the Ambulance Deployment Facility: Michael Arcega, Michael Bartalos, Adam Feibelman, Amos Goldbaum, and Eric Powell. 

EXPRESSION (A Way With Words)

49ers + Democratic Art + Contemporary Architecture

Michael Arcega

ADF-proposal-Arcega_POST.jpgThe work that EMT/Firefighters do can be extremely strenuous and emotionally challenging. It requires the highest technical knowledge, quick and accurate response that is administered with compassion and humanity. This artwork proposal honors their core principles and turns them towards the city as a greeting and a promise. For those seeing the work for the first time, it will be dynamic and surprising. But, for those that see the artwork regularly, it can function as daily reminder to empower, strengthens and provide an emotional lift.

The new Station 49 boldly charges into the future while retaining traditions. The overall aesthetics for this proposal is informed by broadsides from the Goldrush era intersected with graffiti art’s use of typography on architecture. This mixture combines historic narratives while acknowledging contemporary sensibilities. It echoes the city’s history and the rich democratic cultural artform that graffiti art can be.

The final language will be sourced directly from Station 49 and local communities. These words and/or phrases will be hand-drawn and translated onto stainless-steel panels. The waterjet-cut stainless-steel will provide a durable surface with a contemporary look. Each 1/8” thick panel will be mechanically attached to the fence structure. A couple of inlaid brass  features at gates G-1 and G-2 will provide an elegant punctuation to the composition. A brushed finish will be applied throughout the panels, making it simpler to counter vandalism and ease repair. Overall, this artwork will be resilient and very low maintenance that will leave a lasting impression on San Francisco.

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Serving the City

Michael Bartalos

Bartalos SFAC-ADF Proposal Display Board-v1_POST.jpgServing the City is a sculptural artwork that embellishes the entry and exit gates of Station 49, San Francisco's new Ambulance Deployment Facility. The art imagery speaks to the history and visual vernacular of our emergency medical services, the SF Fire Department with which it operates, and communities which they serve.

The proposed artwork is comprised of overlapping stainless steel and painted steel cut-outs that reference emblems, insignia, and badges associated with emergency medical response. They are supplemented by steel iconography that illustrate general fire department operations as well as San Francisco's neighborhoods and landmarks. These elements are layered and combined to create tableaus that tell the EMS story with dimensionality, shadow play, and impact.

Serving the City aims to communicate the SFFD's mission which is, in part, “to protect the lives and property of the people of San Francisco.” To this end, the artwork's heraldic elements suggest strength, courage, and commitment. They describe an energetic facility running on a 24-7 schedule and they convey the crews' giving spirit. Perhaps most importantly, they express the EMS personnel's deep-seated sense of pride in their work, as well as in their teams, their history, and the city they serve.

The five principal structures to be decorated are the Jerrold Avenue entryway pedestrian gate, vehicular gate, two driveway fences, and the McKinnon exit vehicular gate. These surfaces act as the ADF's public face for what is an otherwise restricted-access building. As such, the artworks function as identifying markers for this essential civic facility. They also serve to enhance the ambulance drivers' experience of entering and exiting the facility several times a day.

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Got you Covered

Adam Eli Feibelman

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The proposed work will consist of water-jet cut corten steel (oxidized steel, orange) panels, attached and welded to the pre-installed gates surrounding the new facility’s entry port and exit. By virtue of a mid-tone technique I have developed, the cut-steel decorated gates will present a very large and detailed San Francisco cityscape, both fully legible by day, and glowing at night as if city lights were on. On pulling in on the left-hand side, one will see large, block-like letters reading “FORTY,” and sitting in the cityscape as if dropped from the sky. Looking head-on, besides the central seam where the gate opens, one will see a depiction of downtown,the Transamerica building at the center, its apex the highest point on the gate. Looking to the right, large block letters will read “NINE”, once again sitting in the cityscape. Based on the idea that station 49 supplies the entire city with ambulances, unlike the fire department, which has sub-stations in individual neighborhoods, Station 49 is all-city. My intention is to honor that: All City means 7x7. The 49ers represent our roots. The Exit gate at the back of the facility will depict the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, highlighting the station’s home base.

I landed on this concept after several conversations and a ride with Paramedics of the Ambulance corps, who greatly desire an identity within the fire department. I was also told about, and experienced the medics’ humor and camaraderie. Their job involves long down times, until, in an instant, it’s go time. A Lieutenant’s remark sums up what I ultimately decided this piece should be about: “You show up when people are at their worst, help them, act professionally, then by osmosis you are kind of sharing in a trauma. You see and deal with some hard things on a micro-level in this city, so it's nice to be able to step back and see that you are actually a part of a much bigger, beautiful thing.”
 
In order to bring this work to completion, I will need to recut the city “stencil,” taking into consideration the security mesh on the infrastructure and a few other issues that came up in the process of making the mockups. I will also be recutting the paper at a larger scale to tighten up the detail in some areas, further hiding the security mesh. Working with my team member Braulio Soto (his information as a subcontractor is listed below), who is a trained architect and a collaborator on previous large-scale cut steel projects. We will work to minimize the visibility of the mesh and increase the peripheral view of my panorama in order to fit the gate in a more dynamic way.

​Recutting the stencils and preparing files for production should take two months. I will then manage the project making sure that the end goal is achieved. I do not just want to create an image that honors the concept, but to exceed viewers’ aesthetic expectations. Noteworthy is that Corten steel requires very little maintenance. So, the gates should easily outlast the 25-year life span described in the preparatory materials.

The production time and cutting of the steel panels upon delivery of the files will be between two weeks to a month. Upon completion, the contractor’s installation should be straightforward. So, I don't anticipate it taking more than a week to install, including welding. Further expediting the installation, Braulio and I will be designing the project to the architectural specs provided by the project architect. A specific timeline is dependent on when the infrastructure of the gate will be built as a part of the new facility.

Ideally the work would be installed as the new facility is nearing completion. This is in order to keep our work out of the way of the construction equipment required in building the new facility. So my timeline for the project is contingent on the schedule of the construction of the facility. That said, there are always unforeseen issues, so I have budgeted two extra months into this estimate of 6-7 months for completion of the project.

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City Center

Amos Goldbaum

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The Ambulances that leave this new facility will spread out over the City in a protective web, waiting and winding, before returning here at the end of their shift. The art on the gates of this facility will represent the streets and views the Ambulances serve on a daily basis. The entrance gate will depict the view from Twin Peaks down Market St., the main artery of San Francisco. The exit gate will depict the opposite view back up to Twin Peaks and Sutro Tower, the visual high point and center of SF. The panels to either side will continue the panorama. These scenes are a literal representation of the all-encompassing reach of the Fire Department Emergency Medical Services. The designs are recognizable from afar, featuring many SF landmarks, but also highly detailed, inviting passerby in for a closer look. These details will hopefully be familiar to the SFFD personnel, who know every avenue and alley of the City.

Materials and Colors
The designs are hand-drawn in pen and then laser-engraved into aluminum metal plates giving them a third dimension. They will be painted in a durable and light-colored palette that evokes the calming foggy hues of San Francisco. The light grey-blue and cream yellow will fit in with the industrial greys of Bayview while providing a touch of color to the streets.

Dimensions
The panels will cover the gates and fences which are 8 feet tall and approximately 104’ in total length.

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Healing Wheel

Eric Powell

Eric Powell ADF Proposal 6-13-18_POST_sm.jpgHealing Wheel creates a compelling, unique and life-affirming entry and exit for the new San Francisco Ambulance Deployment Facility in the Bayview community.

Mandala
My design concept for Healing Wheel focuses on the mandala. The mandala is a universal symbol of centering and healing. It creates a strong and iconic statement that evokes calming and restoration of the imagination. Mandalas symbolize the wheel of life, the medicine wheel and the wheels of the ambulance that serve to help the people of San Francisco who are in need.

The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man.” Carl Jung

Medical Tools
The mandalas in the gates and fence are composed of tools used for healing and medicine. The tool shapes featured are derived from ancient and modern cultures including Rome, Egypt and Greece. These tools were imbued with the power of healing through their use and symbolism. They are symbols of the art of healing and of the dedication of people throughout the ages to help and heal others.

Medicinal Plants

Medicinal plants are featured in one of the design versions of each of the gates. Over 70% of all pharmaceuticals are derived directly from plants. The inclusion of these plant forms serves as an important reminder of where most of our medicine is derived. The plant shapes enrich and balance the shapes of the manmade tool shapes. These plants represent medical plants that are native to California. The names of each of the plants will be permanently rendered onto the gates and fences.

Cityscape
To celebrate the Ambulance Deployment Facility’s relationship to San Francisco,the tops of the gates and fences depict the San Francisco skyline in its current silhouette. Included in each of the two gate designs are two different views of the skyline.

On top of all gates and fencing are deterrent spikes. The spikes (3/8”x1” flat bar, forged to an arch with a spike at the ends) are welded to the top frame (1/4”x1.5” steel flat bar, on the inside) of the panels. They are integrated into the design so that the thin sides show from the front, allowing them to substantially recede from view.

Locations
Two sets of gates and a fence will be located on the Jerrold Street side of the property, and one gate with side panels will be located on the McKinnon side of the property, creating a strong sense of visual continuity for the ambulance drivers.

Techniques and Materials
The gates and fence are made out of steel. The main plates are ¼” plate with cutout shapes. The frames are rectangular (1”x2”) steel tube with a .0120 wall. Some of the shapes are raised and welding to the main plate, which adds dimension. The panels will be reinforced with heat-bent flat bar on the inside of the panels, as needed.

Colors
My proposal shows a color palette emphasizing earth colors (browns, ochres and sienna) with more colors added to one of the variations. My intention is to use a rich color palette that adds visual depth to the overall design without competing with it. The gates and fence will have equal treatment on both sides.

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Opportunity For Public Comment

Please take a few minutes to review the proposals on display here and complete a comment form below. You may also email your comments to sfacpublicartcomment@sfgov.org or hand deliver/mail comments to 401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 325 by June 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

The Final Selection Panel meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 17, 12:00–5:00 p.m. at 401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 302. All Artist Selection Panel meetings are open to the public. An agenda for the meeting will be posted 72-hour in advance of the meeting on SFAC’s website under the Public Meeting section: www.sfartscommission.org/calendar. 

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Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
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1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125