During the summer of 2015, the Chinese Cultural Center (CCC) unveiled Sky Bridge, a dazzling piece of temporary art designed by artist Beili Lui. This work transformed the pedestrian bridge located on Kearny Street between the Hilton Hotel and Portsmouth Square.
The Skybridge project was the final piece of the Chinese Cultural Center’s multiyear project, Central Subway, Journey to Chinatown. This was a series of temporary art projects to celebrate the history of the Chinese culture in San Francisco as the first subway to Chinatown is built. This series included art installations in Wentworth Alley and Walter U Lum Place as well as music and dance festivals.
The Skybridge was built with a team of volunteers and CCC staff, demonstrating true community spirit. In one week, the CCC and its volunteers covered 50,000 bricks with Mylar (polyester film). The labor was very intense due to extreme heat. Different weather conditions gave the bridge changing looks from extremely bright due to the reflection of the sun to hues of blue and gray.