Brooklyn-based sculptor Tom Otterness and some of the Bay Area’s most well-known artists, including Rupert Garcia and Paul Kos, were among the 13 chosen to participate in the multimillion-dollar public art project for the new San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center that will open in 2015.
A large bronze, cartoon-styled sculpture of a mother with her children by Otterness will occupy the Potrero entrance to the new nine-story hospital. Otterness also designed heart-shaped characters engaged in everyday activities to line the exterior entryway.
Garcia’s design for the main lobby includes a terrazzo floor featuring a multicolored motif in vibrant aqua, red and purples. That motif will be reflected in the wall space above the reception desk and the two-story wall space adjacent to the main stairway.
For the surgery waiting room located on the basement level, Paul Kos will create a video installation “that will provide a window view into nature.” (See the Paul Kos YouTube Video for a pretty wonderful KQED piece on paying attention to mistakes and other observations.)
The hospital project generated some $7 million in Art Enrichment funds.
While budgets are still preliminary, the biggest chunk, $700,000, will go toward the Otterness entryway. Garcia’s lobby is projected to cost around $400,000, and the main entry drive sculpture by Cliff Garten will also be around $400,000.
The artists were selected in a process that began in 2008.
The other artists:
Anna Valentina Murch’s design connecting the old and new buildings.
Mildred Howard, third-floor landscape imagery.
Stephen Galloway, photographs of the western redbud, a California native.
Nancy Blum, botanical line drawings.
Arthur Stern, stained-glass abstraction of hills and neighborhoods.
Alan Masaoka, three stained-glass murals of silhouettes of tree branches and birds.
Masayuki Nagase, hand-carved stone benches and sculptures for the roof garden.