The City of San Francisco arranged for 113 French Kioshs in the 1990’s to be install around the San Francisco Financial District and Union Square. Originally many of them contained newsstands and toilets with large poster size advertisements. As times changed with more people getting their news online, the number of newsvendors dwindled leaving many of the kiosks empty.
Through a collaborative effort with HOK architectural firm and kiosh manufactuer JCDecaux Community Arts International had five of the kiosk around Union Square modified for mini street museums. In 2013 they launched the first show. The first show featured puppets and has been followed up by vintage toys, teapots, banks, masks, game boards and an exhibit about San Francisco Department Stores.
The purpose of the exhibits is to capture the attention of people passing by who might not be engaged with their surroundings. This show features the drawings of local artist Michael McMillan inspired by the displayed toys.
Learn more about Community Arts International
. They are a non-profit based in San Francisco that works with communities to bring art to untraditional public setting like the San Francisco Airport, Oakland Old Town, The San Francisco Embarcadero Center. Community Arts International