Franciscoís Newest Two-Acre Park and Public Open Space on the
City Welcomes New Sculpture "Cupidís
years of community planning and ongoing collaboration amongst public
agencies, the City of San Francisco celebrates the opening of Rincon
Park, a two-acre park and public open space on the waterfront. Mayor
Willie L. Brown, Jr., the San Francisco Port Commission, the San
Francisco Redevelopment Agency, and Gap Inc. participated in a
dedication ceremony last month to officially open Rincon Park,
located on the Embarcadero at the foot of Folsom Street. The park
stretches 1,000 feet between the Embarcadero and the Herb Caen Way
pedestrian promenade along the waterís edge.
Rincon Park offers stunning views
of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, Treasure and Yerba Buena
Islands, and the Berkeley hills beyond. The park includes open
lawns, landscaped areas, architectural seating walls, a bay front
promenade, approved space for future restaurants, and a new
sculpture by internationally renowned artists Claes Oldenburg and
Coosje van Bruggen, titled Cupidís Span.
"Adding a new park and
wonderful sculpture to San Franciscoís waterfront is more evidence
of our dedication to making this the worldís most beautiful
city," said Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Situated on the crest of Rincon
Parkís northern knoll, Cupidís Span is a depiction of a
bow and arrow. Composed of fiberglass and steel, the sculpture
stands approximately 60 feet tall and is 130-140 feet wide. The
sculpture has an open design to provide a frame for the surrounding
adds to Oldenburg and van Bruggenís long list of famous
large-scale civic sculptures, which include "Spoonbridge and
Cherry" in Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, "Saw,
Sawing" in Tokyo, Japan, and "Needlethread"
The sculpture was commissioned by
Donald and Doris Fisher, founders of Gap Inc., who donated it to the
City of San Francisco.
"Claes Oldenburg and Coosje
van Bruggen are two of the most prominent public sculptors of our
time," says Don Fisher, Gap Inc. chairman and founder.
"Doris and I are so pleased to be a part of bringing this
world-class work of art to our city, to be enjoyed by everyone who
visits Rincon Park."
Rincon Park is a collaborative
effort by the Port of San Francisco, the San Francisco Redevelopment
Agency and Gap Inc. The land is owned by the Port and leased to the
San Francisco Redevelopment Agency; both share jurisdiction over the
land. Rincon Park was developed by Gap Inc. with Wilson Equity
Office as part of Gap Inc.ís headquarters project at Two Folsom
Street. The park was designed by Olin Partnership of Philadelphia,
an internationally known landscape architecture firm, in association
with the Office of Cheryl Barton, a leading San Francisco design
In 1995, when the agreement was
struck to develop Rincon Park, the Redevelopment Agency and the Port
Commissions set out a process for design approval. In addition to
the Port and Redevelopment Agency, the review and approval process
included the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the
Portís Waterfront Design Advisory Committee and outside design
advisors, as well as extensive public involvement. More than twelve
public hearings were scheduled related to the park and sculpture
design. The Rincon Point-South Beach Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
also played an integral role in the development and refinement of
the parkís design. Rincon Park received final design approval in
Rincon Park is part of the San
Francisco Redevelopment Agencyís Rincon Point-South Beach
Redevelopment Project Area, which includes over 2,500 housing units,
of which 25 percent are restricted as affordable units, over 1
million square feet of commercial space, and Pacific Bell Park.