Treasure Island Public Art Proposals Go On View

By Charles Desmarais | SF Gate

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Point of Infinity,” a proposal for Yerba Buena Hilltop Park, which would be located on Yerba Buena Island (artist’s concept). (Photo: San Francisco Arts Commission)

Proposals for the first three major public art projects to be part of the redevelopment of San Francisco’s Treasure Island went on public view Thursday.

Seven finalists, announced in December, submitted drawings and descriptions for a total of nine projects. The finalists are Ai Weiwei, Chakaia Booker, Andy Goldsworthy, Antony Gormley, Jorge Pardo, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Pae White. All are prominent artists with international reputations. Only Booker, Pardo and White are Americans, but the others have exhibited extensively in the U.S.

The artists’ proposals will be displayed on Treasure Island in Building One, located at Avenue of the Palms and California Avenue, for one week, March 29-April 5. They will then be on view for an additional week, April 6-13, in the lobby of the War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Public comment is being solicited via the website of the San Francisco Arts Commission,

A complex process requires approval at a meeting of the Treasure Island Steering Committee panel on April 17, by the Visual Arts Committee of the San Francisco Arts Commission and by the Treasure Island Development Authority. Final selections are expected by early May.

Jorge Pardo has proposed “Port and Starboard ... an installation of green and red light totems that follow nautical protocol” for Treasure Island’s new Waterfront Plaza (artist’s concept)

The works of the public art finalists are on display in Building One on Treasure Island for a week, then will move to Van Ness Avenue. Photo: Photo: Karl Nielsen / Special To The Chronicle