SF Mayor Gavin Newsom loves our Sunnyside Menagerie project (photo: Bill Wilson)
Sunnyside Conservatory officially re-opened to the public over the weekend with a bang. People crowded into the conservatory’s historic, octagonal building, hundreds spilling onto the paths of the tiny, botanical jewel of a park. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom joined other state and city officials in an uplifting dedication ceremony, making a heartfelt speech that drew special attention to our Sunnyside Menagerie project, a wowhaus public artwork commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission. Ene and I were honored that the mayor made the effort to single us out, taking the time to pose with one of our 24 bronze sculptures, installed throughout the park.
Ene with Mayor Newsom and SF Arts Commission’s Judy Moran (photo: Bill Wilson)
Mayor Newsom cuts the ribbon, officially opening Sunnyside Conservatory
kids love playing with our Sunnyside Menagerie creatures, especially the ‘trilogators’
We were especially moved to see the neighborhood kids interact with the sculptures, and loved watching kids of all ages seek out and count the creatures, invent names, touch and play with them. I designed and made the creatures intending for them to become beloved icons for generations, hoping that they would be adopted by the community, developing their own folklore and patina from daily interaction. I was very proud to see them so well loved already.
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