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Chakaia Booker, one of the artists in the running for the public sculpture projects in San Francisco.

Several High-Profile Artists Are Competing for Major Sculpture Commissions in San Francisco

The San Francisco Arts Commission and the Treasure Island Development Authority are overseeing a $50 million residential and commercial redevelopment project over three hundred acres. The large plot will include a public arts space, and a number of high-profile artists—such as Pae White, Ai Weiwei, and Chakaia Booker—are in the running to create the first three public artworks for the area, reports Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper. The project is being funded by the “1 percent for art” initiative, which mandates that private developers save 1 percent of their construction costs for public art.

The sculptures, scheduled for completion by 2020, will be installed at the Yerba Buena Hilltop Park as well as the Waterfront Plaza and Building One Plaza on Treasure Island, a man-made island in San Francisco Bay. White, Ai, and Booker are competing for the Building One Plaza project, budgeted at $1 million; Ai, Jorge Pardo, and Antony Gormley have stakes in the $2 million Waterfront Plaza commission; and Booker, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Andy Goldsworthy are on the short list for a piece that will be put up at Yerba Buena Hilltop Park.

The San Francisco Arts Commission said in a statement that “it is anticipated that proposals will be submitted in the spring and will be placed on public view on Treasure Island as well as elsewhere in the city for comment and feedback before being voted upon by the Treasure Island Development Authority.”

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