Wednesday, April 17, 2002
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70
Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and
copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240,
San Francisco CA 94102 during regular business hours. Tel:
Ralph Guggenheim, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, Dugald Stermer,
Dede Wilsey; Absent: Stanlee Gatti.
Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs; Jessica Goodson,
Rupert Jenkins, Anna Kvinsland, Debra Lehane, Michele Liapes, Jill
Manton, Judy Moran, Susan Pontious, Kristen Zaremba.
Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded
The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m.
1. Motion to rescind resolution #0204-02-041 modifying
contract with Diller and Scofidio for an amount not to exceed
$11,000 for additional engineering services provided by Pol-X West
and extending contract completion date until Dec 31, 2002.
2. Authorization to modify contract with Diller and Scofidio
increasing contract amount by an amount not to exceed $20,000 for
additional engineering services provided by Pol-X along with
evidence of professional liability insurance in the amount of $1
million and extending contract completion date until Dec. 31,
3. Authorization to enter into Phase II contract with artist Ned
Kahn for the 525 Golden Gate Avenue office building for an amount
not to exceed $25,000.
4. Authorization to approve panelists from the following pool to
serve on artist selection panels for Recreation and Park Bond
Projects: Connie Wolfe, Janet Bishop, Tricia Lagaso, Susan Miller,
Sergio de la Torre, Eduardo Pineda, Marina McDougall.
5. Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter
into a contract for $10,000 with Jeffrey Brown for landscape
design, restoration and maintenance services related to site
improvements at the Endangered Garden / Sunnydale Pump Station
Public Art Project.
6. Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter
into a contract for $24,000 with Judy Marecco, Glass Block
Designs, for repairs, replacement and modification of glass paving
and fiber optic elements on the Embarcadero Ribbon Sculpture.
Motion: Motion to move the consent
- 525 Golden Gate Avenue New City Office Building
Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented a design
proposal submitted by Anna Valentina Murch for the 525 Golden Gate
Avenue New City Office Building. Ms. Manton explained that Ms.
Valentina Murch's artwork will be featured in the conference rooms
of the glass campanile (tower), a central feature of the north
façade of the building, at Polk Street and Golden Gate
Avenue. Ms. Valentina Murch's proposal involves three components.
The first component of her proposal features representing and
incorporating different ecosystems, terrain, and geology, unique
to San Francisco, in each of the 13 conference rooms. These
elements may be included in flooring materials, furniture, or
might actually be visible in the "inter-stitial" space between
floors. As a second component, Ms. Valentina Murch would use
colored glass on the side panels of the conference room windows.
Ms. Manton said that the third component of the proposal involved
incorporating a Frette design on the rear wall of the conference
room that would represent the particular ecology of that room.
Ms. Manton said that while Ms. Valentina Much did not directly
address the theme of a green building by using recycled materials,
reducing sun glare, or any other feature of sustainable
architecture, she felt that Ms. Valentina Murch did address the
green theme by developing a project based upon San Francisco's
Ms. Manton concluded her report by saying that the Civic Design
Committee reviewed and approved Phase I of Ms. Valentina Murch's
proposal on Monday, and that the project architects are thrilled
with her proposal. Today's motion only seeks approval of the
design and not costs which are still unknown at this point.
Motion: Motion to authorize approval
of design submitted by Anna Valentina Murch for 525 Golden Gate
Avenue Office building.
- Moscone Center Expansion Project
Ms. Manton reported that she was getting ready to enter into
contract with MultiMedia, Inc. for an LED system for the Moscone
Center. Ms. Manton said how pleased she was with MultiMedia's
prompt response in providing a finished design. She mentioned how
the prior proposed vendor, Mitsubishi, took several months to
provide a final design.
Ms. Manton said that although the Arts Commission never contracted
with Mitsubishi, the company has made subtle threats to bring a
lawsuit against the City. Fortunately, upon consulting with the
City Attorney, Ms. Manton discovered that city governments may
back out of contracts without penalty if it is in the best
interest of the public. However, this may not prevent Mitsubishi
from bringing suit. At the direction of the City Attorney, Ms.
Manton placed an advertisement for an LED system through the
City's Office of Contract Administration as well as in a trade
publication. Ms. Manton cannot send a letter of intent to
MultiMedia until this conflict with Mitsubishi has been resolved
and the ad has run.
Ms. Manton said that another complication is that Pol-X West, the
engineer of the LED system, was going to be assigned to Hunt
Construction as a specialty sub-contractor to fabricate and
install the LED system. But now, for a variety of reasons
including insurance and bonding, Pol-X West has not been able to
get the $5,000,000 in Errors and Admission insurance required by
the Moscone Project. While Ms. Manton is still working to remedy
this situation, the new plan is to take the Pol-X West design and
turn it over to Hunt Construction, the existing contractor, with
the requirement that Pol-X West retain control of the electrical
Project Manager Susan Pontious said that there was nothing to
report at this time.
The following motion was removed.
Motion: Motion to approve the Zoo's proposed design
change to Fine/McCarren's "Split Mound".
- Juvenile Hall
Project Manager Kristen Zaremba informed the Commissioners
that she, Jill Manton and the artists met with the Youth Guidance
Center Advisory Committee and Chaplain Toni Dunbar in February,
and that they were enthusiastic about the proposed artist-designed
light-boxes for the multi-purpose/chapel room and the other
proposed art elements for the facility. Unfortunately, the Chief
Probation Officer Jesse Williams was not at the February meeting,
and subsequently expressed reservations about the proposed glazing
design. As a result, an alternate design was presented that
pleased everyone at the facility, including the Chief Probation
Officer. Ms. Zaremba said that Julio Morales, one of the project
artists, was here today to present the revised, final artwork
designs for the facade glazing, hallways, dayrooms and
multi-purpose/chapel room of the Juvenile Hall Replacement
Mr. Morales reminded the Commissioners that the theme of this
project is roots and memory. He said that the Chief Williams had
concurred that working with the root concept and incorporating the
text from the youth workshops would generate the most ideal
design. Ms. Zaremba explained that the Youth Guidance Advisory
Committee felt that the revised organic branch design was an
improvement over the original design. It will be composed entirely
of text, relates to the hallway and dayroom designs, and would
embrace more fonts, including characters from various languages,
and more text from the youth workshops than the original design.
Mr. Morales showed a photo of an example of the window glazing and
how the design will cast a shadow on the floor when exposed to
sunlight. The glazing design will be legible from inside, outside,
Mr. Morales showed a to-scale model of one of the six to seven
light boxes that will be installed in the chapel ceiling.
Commissioner Stermer said that the revised designs were a big
improvement over the previous proposal.
Motion: Motion to approve the
revised, final artwork designs by the artist team of Johanna
Poethig and Julio Morales for the facade glazing, hallways,
dayrooms and multi-purpose/chapel room of the Juvenile Hall
- Library Bond Art Enrichment
Project Manager Judy Moran explained how this art enrichment
project will provide artwork for six new or renovated library
branches, in Glen Park, Ingleside, Mission Bay, Portola, Richmond,
and Visitacion Valley, in Phase I of the Library Improvement
Program. Due to limited resources, one competition was conducted
to create a pre-qualified artist candidate pool from which artists
would be selected for each branch, rather than conducting six
separate competitions. Ms. Moran explained that the artist
selection panel that met yesterday selected a pool of 30 artists
from 53 applicants. She explained that after the Commission
approves the pool of recommended finalists, Community Artist
Selection Panels consisting of one librarian, one project
architect, and three community members will select three artists
from a selection of the pool of 30 approved artist finalists to
create proposals for each library project. Following the public
display of the three Finalists' proposals for each branch, the
Community Artist Selection Panel for each branch will select one
or two artists, to perform the commission. Opportunities for
public art at the new or renovated libraries include wall,
flooring, and glass treatments, hanging sculptures, gates, and/or
To conclude her report, Ms. Moran presented two slides of artwork
by each of the 30 artist finalists (one artist team applied with a
video excerpt) who were recommended by the Library Bond Art
Enrichment Artist Selection Committee for the artist pool.
The following motion was modified.
Motion: Motion to approve the following finalists
recommended by the Library Bond Art Enrichment Artist Selection
Committee for a pre-qualified artist pool to be eligible for
future consideration to create artwork for six new or renovated
library branches, in Glen Park, Ingleside, Mission Bay, Portola,
Richmond, and Visitacion Valley, in Phase I of the Library
Seyed Alavi, Juana Alicia, Lois Anderson, Anders Barth, Teresa
Camozzi, Ann Chamberlain, Sheila Ghidini, Daniel Goldstein,
Cherrymae Golston, Diane Andrews Hall, Terry Hoff, Gordon Huether,
Werner Klotz and John Roloff, Vincent Koloski, Reddy Lieb and
Linda Raynsford, Cork Marcheschi, Anita Margrill, Oscar Melara and
Kate Connell, Emmanuel C. Montoya & Rebecca Solnit, Jeff
Northam and Rufus Butler Seder, Johanna Poethig, Eric Powell, Jon
Rubin, Shan-Shan Sheng, Amy Trachtenberg, Horace Washington, Ann
Weber, John Wehrle, Rene Yung, and Dana Zed.
Gallery Director Rupert Jenkins announced that the guidelines
for the Construct 2 Installation Award show have been distributed.
He asked for help from the Commissioners in getting the word
Mr. Jenkins also announced that the exhibit opening at City Hall
next week will include photographs by Armenian photographers,
celebrity icon photo-collage portraits by Brett Kaufman,
photographs by Cheryl Maeder, a retrospective of prints by the
late Gary Shaffer, and a collection of San Francisco paintings by
Mr. Jenkins invited the Commissioners to attend an opening by Josh
Green, the third in a series of seven openings, at the gallery
- New Business
Ms. Manton reminded the Commissioners that because of a
special presentation by Liz Diller, the date for next month's
meeting of the Visual Arts Committee is being moved to May 22
instead of the regularly scheduled date of May 15. Commissioners
Guggenheim, Stauffacher Solomon, and Stermer said that they could
attend a meeting on May 22.
- Old Business
As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at
Submitted by Anna Kvinsland, Public Art Program Assistant
Approved by Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, 4/26/02