SF Chinatown Invites 3 Public Art Finalists to St. Mary’s Square Project
Chinese Culture Center (CCC) announces the finalists selected to submit full proposals to the St. Mary’s Square Public Art Project. More than 100 applications from 64 cities and 13 countries were submitted, which is a testament to the importance of and excitement for community-initiated developments.
The finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Acrylicize, a London/Seattle-based specialist studio that creates high-concept art installations for public, commercial, and residential spaces.
Sarah Sze, a New York-based contemporary artist who utilizes everyday objects and traces of human behavior to create intricate sculptures and installations.
Shin Gray Studio, a Los Angeles-based team of two artists, Kyungmi Shin and Todd Gray, who create artworks for public venues.
From May 10th to May 14th, 2016, members of the public are invited to view and submit comments on the three finalists’ proposals, which will be displayed at the CCC Visual Art Center. After conclusion of the public viewing period, St. Mary’s Square Public Art Panel will convene and make a final selection at the end of May.
The permanent public art piece will be installed on a new rooftop park, to be located on the fifth story of the office building at 500 Pine Street, which connects to St. Mary’s Square. The site is the former location of the Kong Chow Temple, a historic building operated by the Kong Chow Benevolent Association that was founded in 1854 by immigrants from China.
CCC is the lead organization for the St. Mary’s Public Art Project and is collaborating with 500 Pine Street Company, LLC, the sponsor of the new office project, Heller Manus Architects, Kong Chow Benevolent Association, Chinese Historical Society of America, Chinatown Community Development Center, and the Committee for Better Parks and Recreation in Chinatown to reimagine open spaces by bringing the highest quality public art installation to the Chinatown neighborhood.
Public Viewing of Proposals
May 10-14, 2016
CCC Visual Art Center
750 Kearny St, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Chinese Culture Center
CCC is committed to sparking intercultural discovery through art, education, and engagement. Founded in 1965 and rooted in Chinatown, CCC believes in a comprehensive community building strategy that uses art to create a healthy and cohesive neighborhood. Shaped by resistance, endurance, and imagination, CCC ignites art interventions and shifts the dominant narrative about Chinese Americans.
CCC has five decades of experience embedded in the community leading complex projects and events supported by the City’s Neighborhood Arts Collaborative, Grants for the Arts, Arts Commission, OEWD and the SFMTA. Recent projects include the “Central Subway Temporary Art Project,” a multi-year public art initiative funded by SFAC; “Dancing on Waverly,” a day of community engagement sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the California Arts Council, and private donors; and the current “Sunrise” public art project on the pedestrian bridge between Portsmouth Square and the CCC in collaboration with merchants, the Community Challenge Grant, and community organizations.
500 Pine Street Company, LLC is the real estate developer of the office building at 500 Pine Street, San Francisco, which is sponsoring the St. Mary’s Public Art Project.
Community Partner Organizations
Chinatown Community Development Center is a place-based community development organization that builds community and enhance the quality of life for San Francisco residents.
The Chinese Historical Society of America is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America.
Heller Manus Architects is a San Francisco based architecture firm providing architectural and urban design for public and private sector clients.
The Kong Chow Benevolent Association, founded in 1854, was the first Chinese benevolent society formed in America. The original Kong Chow temple was built in 1857 at 520 Pine Street and replaced with a new building at Clay and Stockton Streets in the 1960s.
Committee for Better Parks and Recreation for Chinatown is a long-standing advocate for preserving the neighborhood’s limited open space.
For more information, visit http://www.cccsf.us/intervention_stmary/