Looking towards Ocean Beach from the new Ortega Branch of the SF Public Library
Ene and I spent the early part of this week installing our Abundance project at the new Ortega Branch of the San Francisco Public Library, just up the hill from Ocean Beach. We had been living with these sculptures while making them over the past two years, so it was very exciting to finally see them in situ. While the grounds have yet to be landscaped, the new building is nearing completion and we were thrilled to see the color, proportions, and general siting of our sculptures work so harmoniously with the library, a Green Building LEED Silver project. We hired Atthowe Fine Art Services to transport and install the two fish sculptures, and were impressed by their professionalism and efficiency.
Ene and I were pleased at the public reaction to the sculptures; everyone stopped and commented how beautiful they thought they were, and many made the connection between the importance of libraries and that of forage fish to the marine ecosystem. The larger sculpture is our heroic depiction of a hybrid anchovy/sardine/herring/grunion, honoring its role in sustaining the food chain; the smaller fish is based on the Vermillion Rockfish common off the coast of San Francisco and once a significant food source for native peoples and early immigrants. Forage fish have been in the local news recently, as a bill has been proposed to require the sustainable management of forage fish along the entire California coastline. You can read more about the development of our Abundance project by clicking here.
Please join us for the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 AM, Saturday, September 10.
Atthowe Fine Arts loads the sculptures on to a flatbed truck at the wowhaus studio