Join “Sunrise” an innovative art and open space project
Viewing: December 11-19
Visual Art Center
750 Kearny St. 3rd Floor
Join a public presentation on a new art and open space project, “Sunrise,” opening to the public in 2016. The new hub will include landscaping and seating integrated with a public art installation on the pedestrian bridge, connecting landmark Portsmouth Square and the Chinese Culture Center in Chinatown.
The project is first of its kind, creating a mini-park on the pedestrian bridge. The public viewing and presentation provide the first glimpse into the planned design and invites the public for feedback. Since the beginning of the year, the hub has been in the planning stages, with rigorous rounds of judging from a panel composed of community, business, and art leaders on various proposed design components of the pedestrian bridge.
Come meet the artist, preview the design, and learn about the community process.
“Sunrise” is organized and led by the Chinese Culture Foundation with major support from the Community Challenge Grant Program of the City Administrator’s Office in collaboration with the San Francisco Mayor’s office, the Hilton hotel, Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), community leaders, local businesses, landscape and architects, artists.
Project Community Advisory Committee is the group of community leaders advising on the project, comprised of members of the Chinatown Community Development Center, Committee for Better Parks and Recreation, Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation, St. Mary’s School, Ellision Enterprises, SF City College, and the Chinese Culture Foundation.
About the Artist
Mik Gaspay is a San Francisco based interdisciplinary artist. He works primarily in found objects, painting, and sculpture and is interested in translating the meanings of commonplace products and structures. His work explores the multiple meanings embedded in the materials within objects we consume and encompass our lives with. Originally from the Philippines, Mik Gaspay migrated to Palo Alto, California at the age of 9. He received a B.F.A. in Illustration/ Design from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and later, his M.FA from the California College of the Arts.
About the Landscape Designers
Jennifer Ng, RLA, joined CMG in June 2011. She earned her BS in Landscape Architecture from Cornell. Jennifer is a landscape and community interest designer whose skills range from management to concept design and construction documentation. Her projects include Hunters Point Naval Shipyard redevelopment, Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground, and the Crissy Refresh master plan. Jennifer also teaches landscape architecture studios at the UC Berkeley Extension. Prior to CMG, Jennifer worked at Hargreaves Associates in New York City. Notable projects included the Denver Union Station, the NYU Medical Hospital Green Roof, and strategic thinking for the 2012 London Olympics post-game transformations.
Chris Hardy, RLA, CA, LEED AP ND, joined SWA August, 2011. He earned an MLA from Cornell, and a BS in biology from Duke. His professional focus is developing solutions to ecological design problems through community process. Among his many projects, Chris cofounded DesignConnect, an APA award winning community design nonprofit dedicated to facilitating pro-bono design services for lower income Upstate New York communities, public spaces such as Governor’s Island Park and Public Space and Shoelace Park in the South Bronx, New York. At SWA, Chris has applied his design and community process skills working on the Dublin Crossing, Foundry Square, the Warriors Stadium, among other projects. Outside of SWA, Chris participates in the design community through teaching, service, and writing. Currently, Chris is involved in the Chinatown community through his work on the Ping Yuen refurbishment project, as well as his pro-bono service for the Chinese Culture Foundation.