Public Art Research

"The Main Library features three works of art commissioned by the San Francisco Art Commission and planned in conjunction with the library architects, James Ingo Freed of Pei Cobb Freed and Partners and Cathy Simon of Simon Martin-Vegue Winkelstein Moris.


Artists Alice Aycock, Nayland Blake, Ann Hamilton, and Ann Chamberlain were selected to work with the architects. The resulting art was funded by a city ordinance that allocates up to two percent of the project cost of new buildings for art enrichment. Since the inauguration of the new building, the Public Library has installed three other works. Art by Enrique Chagoya, Emanuel Paniagua, and George Rickey was acquired through the San Francisco Art Commission.


In addition, Mark Evans and Charley Brown painted a ceiling mural for the Hormel LGBTQIA Center. The artists volunteered their time, and the production was underwritten by a gift to the city from Asye and Robert Kenmore."


- San Francisco Public Library


During the 4 weeks long interview with 120 people, our research group recognized more than half of them cannot distinguish public art and architectural structure in the library. Therefore, we built a website to publish the result of the interview to remind people the significance of the public art as a symbol of the city. The website includes a video of the Taiwanese contemporary artist Hung Yi's instillation Fancy Animal Carnival at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza, and the interview with him.

©2017 Yujun Jiang