14 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Public Art Proposals: CTS

Which are your favorite proposals? We want to hear from you! This is the last preview of the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) artist proposals for the “landmark” and “wayfinding” designs for Chinatown (CTS) Station. The public comment period will end on Friday, July 16, 2010, so we hope you will take the time to pay a visit and give the SFAC’s Public Art Program your feedback! For the viewing of the actual proposals, please visit the exhibit location at the following address:

Chinese Cultural Center
750 Kearny Street
Operating hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 The following are the artist proposals displayed for the CTS station:

Landmark Proposals

Gold Mountain Sequoias (金山青松)

Gold Mountain Sequoias (金山青松)

Artist: Ming Fay
Title: Gold Mountain Sequoias (金山青松)
“Staged at the first landing of the subway escalators, the mural welcomes visitors as they ride the escalator down into the station, reminding them of the natural beauty that surrounds their urban environment and an important historical time in California’s history. The escalator trip towards the mural allows the viewer to engage the mural and be drawn into the illusive quality of the mosaic’s colored glass pieces. Measuring approximately 14’h x 40’w, the wall of the mosaic feels like a section in a long scroll, allowing the viewers to experience the piece as they move across the platform into and out of the station.  The mosaic’s vibrant colors will definitely light up the subterranean space.”

 

Yang Ge Dance of Northeast China

Yang Ge Dance of Northeast China

Artist: Yumei Hou
Title: Yang Ge Dance of Northeast China
The mural on the arch wall depicts some of the more popular dances, such as the well known folk tale of the Monkey King, the tale of the White Snake, the story of the four monsters, and pictures of daily life such as a couple’s harmony, wife visiting her family, dancing crowns, young and elderly ladies.  The arch trimming in red tells the tale of Manchurians driving evils out, and the part in green tells of the celebration of one’s 60th birthday.”

An Ocean to Cross/A Land to Build

An Ocean to Cross/A Land to Build

Artist: May Sun
Title: An Ocean to Cross/A Land to Build
“The focal point on the wall is a long photographic panorama of vintage photos of Chinatown taken by German immigrant photographer Arnold Genthe at the turn of the century. The images show street life – men gathering around a letter writer, pedestrians, vegetable sellers and other workers as well as a Chinese typesetting facility.  Above the long panoramic photo panel is a group photo of revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Chinese Republic, taken with his supporters in San Francisco.  A fugitive on the run, he traveled to California to raise funds from the overseas Chinese for his cause – to overthrow the corrupt Manchu Dynasty in China.  The Chinese in San Francisco were instrumental in its success.”

 

Wayfinding Proposals

 

The Chinese Underground Garden

The Chinese Underground Garden

Artists: Carl Cheng
Title: The Chinese Underground Garden

“Three elements of Chinese gardens will be used throughout the station to provide continuity to the cultural community: the moon gate, the window lattice grill designs and the natural vistas, all inspired by the Tang and Sung Dynasty.  The artist will take images of contemporary garden vistas, fruits and vegetables displayed in the local shops and combine them into original artworks to be constructed into the window boxes. Contemporary shadow outlines and silhouette patterns will be used in fabricating the grill designs.”

 

Urban Archaeology

Urban Archaeology

Artist: Tomei Arai
Title: Urban Archaeology
“In this urban narrative, passengers will be presented with a visual timeline that begins with contemporary images of the Chinatown community at the subway entrance and ends on the Platform Level with life before the city was founded.  Moving from level to level, passengers will be invited to experience the artwork in much the same way as archeologists sift through layers of history to discover clues about the past.”

 

The Garden

The Garden

Artists: Yun-Fei Ji
Title: The Garden
“For this project, I will use the Chinese hand scroll as my point of departure. I envision a contiguous scroll that wends its way through the three levels of the subway station, with occasional breaks, as dictated by the architecture.
The subject of the scroll will be the building of a classical Chinese garden, an ideal place of harmony and fulfillment that reflects the dreams and desires of the community. This garden will be populated with contemporary Chinese Americans, young and old, going about their everyday business of working, playing and socializing, as they do in Chinatown’s parks. These characters will be approximately 14 inches tall and will be situated at eye level.”

Inception, Confluence and Flow

Inception, Confluence and Flow

Artists: Faye Zhang
Title: Inception, Confluence and Flow
“In this series of works, I play with the varying forms and movement of water. My initial inspiration for these pieces came from the unifying quality of water. Not only is San Francisco nestled by the Bay, but early immigrants traveled thousands of miles on waterways, coming together and settling down to make communities within the city. The powerful and beautiful motion of water truly connects us all.”

For more in-depth proposal information and images please visit the display at the Chinese Cultural Center or visit the San Francisco Arts Commission Web site and email your comments on the proposal to Zoe Taleporos, Program Associate (zoe.taleporos@sfgov.org).

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