Public Art Proposal Display

Art Proposals for India Basin Shoreline Park Public Art Project

India Basin.jpgThe San Francisco Arts Commission is conducting a review process to choose an artist to create a sculpture or series of sculptures for the new India Basin Shoreline Park. The artwork should be inspired and responsive to the proposed park design, its natural habitat, physical landscape, site history, and sustainability. Additionally, the work should be a point of discovery and have a cohesive narrative experience along trails of the Park, serve as an asset for the community and expression of neighborhood identity, and provide a community benefit, which includes providing opportunities for artists with a meaningful connection to the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. Four artists were chosen as finalists by a Public Art Review Panel to design site-specific proposals for this artwork opportunity: Michael Arcega, Cheryl Derricotte, Kristine Mays, and William Rhodes.

Bronzed Rainbow

Michael Arcega

Proposal Rendering of Bronzed Rainbow by Michael ArcegaBronzed Rainbow is a commingling of all the colors of a rainbow into an earthly palette of natural tones and variations of browns. This color range is harmonious and integrates with the landscape, becoming a metaphor for the communities in San Francisco. The sculpture stands as a monolith of positivity, perseverance and celebration of diversity. We often associate the end-point of the rainbow as having wealth or promise of hope. This sculpture signifies that it is here.

Rainbows are loaded with a number of optimistic metaphors like hope, prosperity, prevailing over storms, signaling inclusivity and friendship. A bronzed rainbow suggests a concretization of this idea—a permanent good fortune for the residents of Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. This rainbow is one side of an arch. The direction suggests that the other point can be found in the Fillmore District, connecting both African American neighborhoods that share a deep history. If site, agencies and budget permits, a modest component would be installed in the Fillmore District.

The scale of this sculpture is intended to relate to the viewer’s body and their spatial awareness. Standing under its arch may feel like an embrace. Ideally, this sculpture will stand at 20’ tall, 6’ wide and 6” deep with an engineered base to endure external forces. The durable patinaed finish will take on some of the environmental effects from weather, light conditions and evolve over time.

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Come Sit a Spell!

Cheryl Derricotte

2023.01.26_Cheryl Derricotte_SM.jpgCome Sit a Spell! is a series of sculptural artworks that visually illustrate familiar porch designs and furniture elements into a welcoming entrance to the new India Basin Shoreline Park. Visitors will walk under a 14-ft aluminum structure, “The Porch.” As they walk through “The Porch” and travel on the path to the water, they will pass a series of over-sized sculptural “Heritage Chairs,” representing the original waterfront workers. Five sculptures in total, “The Porch” and four “Heritage Chairs” will be created and placed into the park to delight visitors.

“The Porch” will be fabricated in matte grey toned aluminum. The sloping roof design and the inset columns are influenced by porch designs in Ghana. The curved frame at the top and sides of the structure is influenced by porch design in Zanzibar; it is the same curve seen in older porch designs of the southern United States. The result is an elegant, modern porch sculpture deeply rooted in the visual architectural language of Black people throughout the diaspora.

“The Porch” includes four columns inset with glass panes. Each glass pane will feature the handprints of community residents in bright colors. The handprint imagery is meant to invoke hands waving in welcome and rejoice for this exciting new waterfront park. There will be twenty-eight panes of glass in total in “The Porch” columns. These panes of glass will provide opportunities for twenty-eight residents of all ages to participate in the sculpture’s creation.

The panes of glass featuring the handprints will be made using kiln-formed (warm glass) techniques. The background sheet glass will be a warm earth tone The glass powder colors for the residents’ handprints will use hues from nature: sunset orange, leafy green and water blue. The color palette for the glass panes on “The Porch” has been selected to complement the park’s landscaping and the natural beauty of the waterfront.

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Joy Personified

Kristine Mays

KMaysIB-ProposalBoard-2.jpgThere is a rhythm, a way of being, a certain communication that happens within black community that not everyone understands. The glances, eyebrow raises, and mere sounds exchanged between black folk that say it all without saying much of anything. This exchange is universal among black people. The way we can dance, laugh and enjoy one another in the midst of struggle. The way we enter a room and look for one another. The way we move as a group and know that our ability to spark change is birthed in community. "Joy Personified" is a celebration of community.

The richness of the Bayview is that black folks from a variety of places came together and started a life here. It is indeed the embodiment of the black diaspora. We came together and realized our similarities bound us like the richest most decadent gravy. Together we have lived and thrived, struggled, persevered and continued onward. My collection of sculptures celebrates, acknowledges, and seeks to recognize this indescribable sense of community.

Through translating my wire works into permanent public works, I am giving honor to both living and dead, making the invisible - visible. Whether in the bright morning sunlight, or in the late afternoon fog coming from the Bay, this work of art will serve as a beacon for hope, strength and liberation. The creation of this monumental work of art comes from a very personal place. It is created with love and a deep sense of legacy as I offer my talents toward the preservation of the spirit of African Americans and African American life in San Francisco. May the ancestors celebrate along with those among us. Here is to the past, present and future!

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Reclaiming the Community THRONES

William Rhodes

William Rhodes Board Final web.jpgThree colorful life-sized thrones with high backs, made from porcelain enamel clad stainless steel or aluminum (to be determined) and concrete seats will be set along the walking path on level concrete foundations that allow easy access by all park visitors. When seated on a throne, looking out over the park and the water, community members will feel empowered, regal, and valued, an integral part of the City of San Francisco. Working in the Bayview Hunters Point community for over a decade, I have noticed that many long-time African American residents don't feel like they are a part of San Francisco due to half a century of neglect of this part of the City. And now gentrification and displacement are making many long-time residents feel alien in their own community. I want the thrones to be a symbol for the important presence of the Bayview community within the larger City community, and encouraging pride in our dynamic history.

The three thrones will have backs seven feet tall, and the seats will be between 24” and 42” wide and 22” deep, accommodating one or even two people, and of standard 18” seating height. Colors will be bright and shiny and vary from throne to throne, and include more muted integral color in the concrete seats and base pedestals. The main colors included are blue, orange, red, yellow, black and green. Like African sculptures, there will be contrasting colors, and each throne will have its own identity, based on African symbolism. Each of the throne seat backs will have cut out areas, providing interesting positive and negative spaces.

1. Sankofa Bird
Sankofa is an African symbol meaning you must learn from the past in order to create a powerful future.

2. Rattan Chair
This chair was made famous by Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party. The chair has become a symbol of power and regalness. The symbol displayed in its back, Gye Ny Ame, is an African symbol meaning there is something greater than you watching and protecting you.

3. Afro Comb
The Afro comb was made popular by African American culture in the 1960's and 1970's. This comb has become a symbol of pride in one's natural looks and freedom of cultural expression. 

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Opportunity For Public Comment

Please take a few minutes to review these artwork proposals and provide feedback on the public comment forms below. Public comments will be considered by the Review Panel as part of the Final Review Panel meeting where the Panel will recommend one proposal for implementation. Please note that public comments do not constitute a vote.

Public comments will be considered by the Review Panel as part of the Final Review Panel meeting where the Panel will recommend one proposal for implementation. Please note that public comments do not constitute a vote.

The Final Review Panel meeting will take place remotely and will be open to the public. An agenda for the meeting will be posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting on SFAC’s website under the Public Meeting section:

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Visual Arts Committee Meeting

April 17
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
Public Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

December 18
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Hybrid: 401 Van Ness | Rm 125 and Online
Public Meeting

Community Investments Committee Meeting

December 09
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
Public Meeting

Full Arts Commission Meeting

May 06
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online