August 18, 2010
Wednesday August 18, 2010
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70
Commissioners Present: JD Beltran, Greg Chew, Lorraine Garcia-Nakata, PJ Johnston.
Staff Present: Eleanor Beaton, Allison Cummings, Carol Marie Daniels, Marcus Davies, Jennifer Lovvorn, Geneviève Massé, Judy Moran, Kate Patterson, Susan Pontious, Meg Shiffler, Zoë Taleporos.
Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise.
The meeting commenced at 3:04 p.m.
1. Consent Calendar
1. Motion to increase Charles Sowers’ Contract DPAR10000107 for design and fabrication of artwork at the San Francisco International Airport (“SFO”), Terminal Two by an amount not to exceed $43,000 for additional costs of designing and fabricating the artwork display case.
2. Motion to approve San Francisco General Hospital Community Mural Project, a 7’ x 211’, painted mural on the San Francisco General Hospital (“SFGH”) construction fence line. The mural will be painted by Precita Eyes artists, Susan Cervantes, Marina Perez-Wong and Marta Ayala, SFGH staff, outpatients and Buena Vista Elementary School students. The mural will be painted on October 2, 2010 at the SFGH Community Mural “Paint-In.”
3. Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into contract with Anna Valentina Murch for design, fabrication, transportation and consultation during installation of artwork for General Hospital Acute Care Unit: Plaza in an amount not to exceed $460,730.
4. Motion to approve the revised design by Eric Powell for artwork pedestrian gate for Cayuga Playground relative to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) compliance.
Motion: Approve consent calendar items
2. Proposed Gift of Monument to Harry Bridges for Harry Bridges Plaza
Program Director Susan Pontious introduced Grif Fariello, Chair and Richard Mead, Vice President of the Committee for Harry Bridges Plaza who propose to gift a statue of Harry Bridges designed by Bay Area Artist Bruce Wolfe to the city. Mr. Fariello and Mr. Mead presented a bronze maquette of the statue explaining that the design had been previously approved by the Plaza’s Board of Supervisors as well as the Port of San Francisco. Mr. Fariello and Mr. Mead reported that the bronze monument will be 12’ high with a granite pediment measuring 4’5” high. The proportions of the finished monument would be the same as those displayed in the maquette. Mr. Fariello and Mr. Mead informed the commissioners that the monument will be positioned in Harry Bridges Plaza between the two light stations and will include didactics to explain who Harry Bridges was and the larger context of his influence.
Motion: Motion to approve the proposed gift to the city, of a statue of Harry Bridges, designed by Bruce Wolfe for placement in Harry Bridges Plaza, from the Committee for Harry Bridges Plaza, contingent on progressive design approvals and establishment of a reasonable Arts Commission administrative fee and maintenance endowment.
3. San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
Gallery Director Meg Shiffler presented the SFAC Gallery’s fall 2010 exhibitions: Transplanted at the Main Gallery and Grove Street and Night/Light at City Hall. Ms. Shiffler described Night/Light, an exhibition of night photography by artists who responded to a call for submissions. 185 submissions were received, from which 26 artists and 123 artworks were selected. Night/Light opens September 16, 2010. Ms. Shiffler also described Transplanted, an exhibition that explores concepts of locality. Three artists were selected for Transplanted: Richard T. Walker from London, Pawel Kruk from Poland and Primitivo Suarez Wolfe from Los Angeles. Transplanted opens September 24, 2010. Ms. Shiffler also briefly noted the Gallery’s recent hire of Shannon Green who will conduct research and provide administrative support for the 2010-2011 season of exhibitions.
Motion: Motion for the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a contractual relationship with Mr. Shannon Green for an honorarium in the amount of $10,240. Mr. Green will conduct research and provide administrative support for the 2010-2011 season of exhibitions. Mr. Green will be conducting his work from October - May, 2011.
4. Laguna Honda
Program Director Susan Pontious presented the selection of two-dimensional artworks for purchase for Laguna Honda and accession into the Civic Art Collection. Ms. Pontious reported that from the call for submissions, over 400 applications were received. From this artist pool, the work of 45 artists was presented to the Selection Panel who then chose works for display on the resident floors, clinic rooms and Link Building. Ms. Pontious noted that Laguna Honda has additional funds to reproduce 25 of these artworks that will be available for residents to choose from for individual patient rooms.
Motion: Motion to approve two-dimensional artworks by 40 artists recommended by the Laguna Honda Artist Selection Panel for purchase for resident floors, patient rooms and clinic rooms of Laguna Honda Hospital.
Ms. Pontious presented new mock-ups of Artist Janet Echelman’s final color palette for the netting and armature rings for her project at SFO, Terminal Two. Ms. Pontious explained that the Artist is working with how the colors relate through the net and showed details of mock-ups demonstrating the next stage of the project’s fabrication. The mock-ups indicated the color ranges for the Artist’s project going from a light blue/violet to magenta to a red/orange. Commissioner Garcia Nakata raised the possible issue of the color palette conflicting with airport architecture. Ms. Pontious explained that color details for the airport accent walls have not been determined at this time.
Motion: Motion to approve final color palette for Janet Echelman sculptures for SFO, Terminal Two.
6. Chinese Recreation Center Exterior Artwork
Project Manager Eleanor Beaton presented Artist Collette Crutcher’s design proposal selected by the Chinese Recreation Center Panel for the exterior Artwork at the Chinese Recreation Center. Ms. Beaton described how three project finalists prepared a proposal submission for the western wall of the Center’s playground as designated by the building’s architect. She informed the commissioners of the Selection Panel’s recommendation of Ms. Crutcher’s proposal for two tile mosaics depicting imagery that references kite flying. Ms. Beaton explained that the Selection Panel had some reservations about Ms. Crutcher’s proposal and had outlined some revisions to be recommended to the Artist. The recommendations included preparing a design that showed the proposed artwork in context to the site, developing a better connection between the two mosaic panels, and developing a design more organically integrated into the architecture. Commissioner Chew, who had served on the Selection Panel, remarked that Ms. Crutcher’s proposal was accepted based on the strength of her previous work and that the Panel had faith that her design would translate into something beautiful once fabricated.
Motion: Motion to approve the Artist Colette Crutcher recommended by the Chinese Recreation Center Panel to create exterior artwork for the Chinese Recreation Center.
Moved: Beltran/ Johnston
Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a contract with the selected Artist Colette Crutcher as recommended by the Chinese Recreation Center Panel, for an amount not to exceed $38,000.
7. SOMA West – McCoppin Garden Art Project
Ms. Beaton presented the proposal Flutterby by selected Artist Rebar for the SOMA West-McCoppin Garden Project. Ms. Beaton described the proposed artwork as a butterfly form sculpted out of recycled traffic signs on a post constructed of traffic signal arms. The artwork is designed to stand approximately 18’ high. Ms. Beaton explained how Rebar was inspired to bring a sense of nature to the project site and, through the use of recycled materials, would reflect the renewal of the neighborhood. She expressed the response of the Selection Panel who saw the proposed sculpture as an attracter to the neighborhood, with visibility from Market Street.
Motion: Motion to approve the Artist Rebar for the SOMA West-McCoppin Garden Public Art Project; as recommended by the SOMA West Selection Panel.
Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a contract with Rebar for design and fabrication of artwork for the SOMA West-McCoppin Garden Project in an amount not to exceed $51,000.
8. Randall Museum
Ms. Pontious presented Charles Sowers’ revised design for Windswept at the Randall Museum which has the panels flush with the building wall as per the Randall Museum's request. Ms. Pontious commented that the revised design will be presented to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department for approval before moving forward with the installation.
Motion: Motion to Approve Charles Sowers’ revised design for Windswept, which has the panels flush with the building wall as per the Randall Museum's request.
9. Palega Recreation Center
Project Manager Jennifer Lovvorn presented the finalists recommended by the Selection Panel for two public art project opportunities associated with the renovation of Palega Recreation Center: an interior mural opportunity and an outdoor artwork opportunity. Ms. Lovvorn described the site located in the Portola neighborhood and briefly identified the two art opportunities in the plans for the center’s renovation. She reported that the Selection Panel, comprised of Commissioner Greg Chew, Recreation and Park Department Project Manager Marvin Yee, community representative Floyd Solders, and two arts professionals: Ellen Oh and Julia Hamilton, had selected Jeffery Long, Kelly Ording and Scott Oliver as finalists for the interior mural opportunity with the artist team Kate Connell and Oscar Melara as the alternate. Additionally, the Selection Panel chose Peter Richards, Scott Oliver and Rebar as finalists with Michael Arcega as the alternate for the outdoor artwork opportunity.
Motion: Motion to approve the Artist Selection Panel’s recommendation of the following artists as finalists for the interior mural opportunity associated with the renovation of the Palega Recreation Center: Jeffery Long, Kelly Ording, and Scott Oliver, with alternate artist team Kate Connell and Oscar Melara.
Motion: Motion to approve the Artist Selection panel’s recommendation of the following artists as finalists for the outdoor artwork opportunity associated with the renovation of the Palega Recreation Center: Peter Richards, Scott Oliver, and Rebar, with alternate Michael Arcega.
10. General Hospital Acute Care Unit – Potrero Avenue Plaza and Walkway
Ms. Lovvorn reported that the artist Tom Otterness has completed his clay models for sculptures to be fabricated in bronze for the General Hospital Potrero Avenue Plaza and Walkway. She presented images of the artist’s clay models of the large scale Mother with Children sculpture (which will be approximately eight-foot tall), four two-foot tall Hearts sculptures and three one-foot tall Hearts sculptures. The Hearts figures include doctor and patient hearts, a heart on a cell phone, a heart patient in a wheelchair and a father heart reading to a baby heart.
Motion: Motion to approve clay models by Tom Otterness (for Mother with Children sculpture, four two-foot tall Hearts sculptures and three one-foot tall Hearts sculptures) and authorize fabrication of bronze sculptures for the General Hospital Potrero Avenue Plaza and Walkway.
11. General Hospital Acute Care Unit – Art Glass Projects on Floors 3 - 7
Ms. Lovvorn presented the design development phase designs and glass mock ups for the light court windows and curved glass elements on Floors 3 – 7 of General Hospital’s Acute Care Unit. Ms. Lovvorn explained that each artist was required to produce two glass samples using two different fabricators or fabrication techniques. She stated that she and Program Director Susan Pontious are quite pleased with the mock ups and they feel that this additional research will be a great benefit to the projects. Additionally, Ms. Lovvorn explained that all of the artists refined their design illustrations based on prior Commission feedback. There are some minor refinements that some of the artists still need to complete, and those will be presented to the Commission for approval as part of the construction document phase. The artists are also finalizing their fabrication budget research, which will be presented for approval to the Commission along with the requests for authorization of fabrication contracts within the next couple months.
THE FOLLOWING MOTIONS WERE REVISED
Motion: Motion to approve the design development phase deliverables with revisions per VAC recommendations for light court windows and curved glass element designs and art glass fabrication sample for the art glass project on Floor 3 of the San Francisco General Hospital Acute Care Unit by Mildred Howard.
Motion: Motion to approve the design development phase deliverables for light court windows and curved glass element designs and art glass fabrication sample for the art glass project on Floor 4 of the San Francisco General Hospital Acute Care Unit by Stephen Galloway.
Motion: Motion to approve the design development phase deliverables with revisions per VAC recommendations for light court windows and curved glass element designs and art glass fabrication sample for the art glass project on Floor 5 of the San Francisco General Hospital Acute Care Unit by Nancy Blum.
Motion: Motion to approve the design development phase deliverables for light court windows designs and art glass fabrication sample for art glass project on Floor 6 (two windows) of the San Francisco General Hospital Acute Care Unit by Arthur Stern.
Motion: Motion to approve the design development phase deliverables with revisions per VAC recommendations for light court windows and curved glass element designs and art glass fabrication samples for the art glass project on Floor 6 (two windows and one curved glass element) of the San Francisco General Hospital Acute Care Unit by Julio Cesar Morales.
Motion: Motion to approve the design development phase deliverables with revisions per VAC recommendations for light court windows and curved glass element designs and art glass fabrication samples for the art glass project on Floor 7 of the San Francisco General Hospital Acute Care Unit by Alan Masaoka.
12. New Business
13. Old Business
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
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