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Treasure Island: A New Destination for Public Art

300 acres of expansive open space and parkland will feature a diversity of public art projects and programs by artists of local, national and international renown

SAN FRANCISCO, June 14, 2017 - The Treasure Island Development Authority and the San Francisco Arts Commission announce the unanimous approval of the Treasure Island Arts Master Plan. The Plan will guide the implementation of the Treasure Island Art Program, which is funded by one percent of the construction costs of its private residential development.  The funds will be used exclusively to enhance and activate the public realm with artwork and ongoing art programming.

According to Tom DeCaigny, director of the San Francisco Arts Commission: “The large-scale redevelopment of Treasure Island provides an unprecedented opportunity to commission bold, imaginative and dynamic contemporary art projects, both permanent and temporary, in diverse media. We applaud the Treasure Island Development Authority and the master developer, Treasure Island Community Development Corporation, for supporting the use of private funds for a public benefit.”

The plan’s curatorial framework proposes that artists use the name of the island as a source of inspiration and consider its vantage point in the middle of the Bay, in addition to responding to its ecology and environmental conditions. Distinct from most government programs in their requirement for permanent visual art, the Treasure Island Art Program will feature visual, performing and media arts, providing an inclusive repertoire of art practices; however, the program will be anchored by a strong collection of permanent sculpture. All permanent artworks commissioned for the island will be part of the collection of the Treasure Island Development Authority.

“Treasure Island is San Francisco’s newest neighborhood and it seeks to embody the best of our City. The Island’s natural beauty will be complemented by beautiful public parks featuring important public art in the great tradition that the SFAC has established here,” said Chris Meany, on behalf of Treasure Island Community Development.

The redevelopment project includes over 300 acres of publicly accessible open space, which is the largest allotment of new park lands in San Francisco since the construction of Golden Gate Park in 1871. The majority of the artworks will be placed within the open space; however, there are additional opportunities to present works at the site of historic buildings. The first three projects are expected to be signature monumental artworks located at the Ferry Plaza, Building One Plaza and Yerba Buena Hilltop Park. All sites are remarkable for their high visibility and panoramic views.

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