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July Top 13: Art In Public Spaces

We’ve started to work with brands that bring art into public spaces, so we have been on the hunt for our favorite art pieces in the city. Where do you get your dose of art in the open?

01

Get out into nature at the Presidio, to see Wood Line, by Andy Goldsworthy. This piece asks viewers to look at the earth.

02

These illuminated books, by Brian Goggin with Dorka Keehn, are taking flight over Chinatown. Words and phrases from the books are embedded in the plaza, recognizing the area’s literary history.

03

The playground at Mission Bay park has loads of elements to love, but one of our favorite elements are the Tree Sculptures at the center. 

04

Did you leave your heart in SF? The SFGHF works with artists every year to make a collection of both large scale hearts that are placed in public spaces and multiple sizes that are part of a fundraiser. We can’t choose a favorite. They are taking applications now for the 2020 hearts.

05

Art installations from Someguy (Brian Singer) are never permanent so find them while you can. Most recently we love the Privacy Policy piece that was made for StartUP Art.

06

Most of the murals in the Mission change regularly so it’s best to grab a coffee and walk the alleys yourself. 

07

Best viewed from the Embarcadero, this Illuminate installation is a great addition to the Bay Bridge.

08

While you are waiting for space to be filled in an ever under construction space, why not add murals from local artists to boost morale and keep things beautiful. There’s even one from Andrew li of #CreativityExplored. 

09

Standing at 92 feet (9 stories) tall, The Venus by Lawrence Argent is the tallest free-standing public art piece in San Francisco.

10

Pride was last month but San Francisco is always celebrating its LGBTQ residents. Prism Portal uses light to illuminate the colorful prisms as a tribute to the city’s rich LGBTQ history. 

11

Unfortunately, Charles Gadeken’s Squared is no longer in Hayes Valley, however, keep an eye out for where it ends up next, it is a joy to stumble across. 

12

Andy Goldsworthy makes the list again with the Spire in the Presidio. Fresh air and beautiful art, gotta love it. 

13

Fnnch loves random public art and you’ve probably seen his honey bears, pride lips, or rubber ducks around the city.

 

 

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