Art has long been a part of the community rising out at the San Francisco Shipyard. When developer Lennar Urban took over the land, part of it was occupied by the Hunters Point Shipyard Artists, the nation's largest artist colony. Lennar committed to building an 89,000 square-foot artists' building on the site and has held open studios and used local artists' work in the development's sales offices. Public art comes into play too, and nine artists were selected from nearly 300 applicants to create site-specific installations for the Shipyard. Six of those are now on display, and we have a first look at them.
Bayview Horn - Jerry Ross Barrish
This 15-foot bronze figure of a man playing a horn sits near the Storehouse, the general store that has opened on-site. The sculptor is a fourth-generation San Franciscan. The lanky, whimsical sculpture feels as if it is moving to its own music.
Gigantry - Matthew Passmore and Rebar Group
This structure is both art and a playground for children. Its geometric blue lines are reminiscent of the old Shipyard crane that is a part of this site's past. Rebar Group is a local art and design studio founded by Passmore that "specializes in reusing materials reclaimed from the waste stream."
Frame Refrain - Mildred Howard and Walter Hood
The 16-by-16-foot frame created by Howard is inspired by antique Rococo styles and meant to capture the views of the landscape at the Shipyard. Just 100 yards away, a structure created by Hood "explores the interior-exterior duality and the conscious consideration of space invoked by Howard's frame."
Hale Konon - Jessica Bodner
The Ohlone Tribe were the earliest occupants of San Francisco's southeastern shoreline, and this sculpture is a tribute to their legacy. The sculpture itself is a life sized historic interpretation of the tribe's tule canoe and is also inspired by the area's nautical history.
Flotilla - Eric Powell
Yet another nautical piece, Flotilla is made from new and recycled steel and was inspired by the forms of sailing ships. It sits in what is now known as Hillpoint Park looking out to the bay.
Butterfly Girl - Jason Webster
Webster had a studio for many years at the Shipyard before moving to Alameda, and his 12-foot-high sculpture at Hillpoint Park is not far from where he once worked. The sculpture shows a young girl jumping rope while butterflies flutter around her.