Cindy Casey of Art and Architecture – San Francisco, a site dedicated to documenting art and architecture in San Francisco, has been following the Port Commission of San Francisco Southern Waterfront Beautification Project whose mission includes trying to save and re-purpose some historic and abandoned buildings on the waterfront around 3rd Street in Hunters Point. She brought this project to our attention and shared the information for this article.
One of the buildings the Commission is trying to keep intact and reuse is the Pier 92 grain silo located in Bayview Hunters Point. In coordination with the SFAC they solicited both artist and artist teams to propose public artwork for the structure. The project was awarded to the Seattle based firm of Haddad/Drugan and is titled “Bayview Rise”. It is expected to be in place for a minimum of 5 years.
The project is underway. The facade of one tower is painted with an illuminated mural that can be seen from different vantage points in the neighborhood as well as Highway 101 and 280. The silo is located at 696 Amador Street off 3rd Street / Pier 90/92 in the Bayview/Hunters Point. The mural painting is by R.B. Morris III and the lighting by Legend Theatrical.
On the Hadded/Drugan website the mural is described as a multidimensional graphic. From a distance it looks one-dimensional. However it takes on different dimensions as the color and patterns interact with the architecture. At night it is illuminated with red, green and blue cycling lights. The lights cause various parts of the mural to recede and others to appear drawing out different elements and engaging the viewer to linger. Mural images include cattle,heron, native plants and shorebirds that relate to the surrounding area current situation and historic past.
These shots of the installation at night are from the Hadda/Drugan Website
Please visit Art and Architecture – San Francisco Painted Grain Silos for more information on this project. While there learn about buildings, sculptures and other art you have seen around San Francisco and wondered about but never had the time to research. Read the article she wrote for our site on the Defenestration Building