Last Saturday was the artist application workshop for the 2019/2020 Prequalified Artist Pool in San Francisco. The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) provided information on application requirements including a SlideRoom tutorial. Artists from the audience asked questions ranging from context expectations to material durability. The SFAC normally awards 10-15 projects a year.
From the San Francisco Arts Commission’s website: “The 2019/2020 Prequalified Artist Pool will be used to select artists for commissions for a range of new permanent public art projects associated with the construction of new civic buildings, parks, playgrounds, transportation and streetscape improvement projects throughout San Francisco. Certain projects may also offer opportunities for artists to work as part of a design team along with the project architect/designer. Past public art experience is not required. These commissions are for artists who are interested in having their design concepts implemented in durable and maintainable materials*…”
In 2014, I was a finalist for a public art opportunity at Guy Place Mini-Park in San Francisco. The proposal was to design an 8’ tall fence with entry gates unique to the Rincon Hill neighborhood. Three finalists were asked to create a conceptual proposal and presentation.
My proposal explored how Rincon Hill is one of the original seven hills in San Francisco filled with amazing history, patterns, lines, and light. The artwork highlighted the neighborhood’s strong verticals that open to the sky similar to its trees and architecture. The goal was to connect an urban and natural world by using light as a medium to create shadows.
Light and shadows were an important concept and medium of my design. The lines are condensed at the bottom gradually opening to the sky similar to trees and buildings. The intention was to create shadows that would change throughout the day extending the artwork beyond its two-dimensional surface.
Proposed shadow study:
Being a finalist was incredible! Even though my proposal lost by one point, it was a win. The opportunity provided insight into the process of public art policy. In fact, the experience was a contributing factor to becoming a Public Art Advisory Committee member in Richmond, California. Legacy can be discovered one application at a time.