Just last Wednesday — under a sunny Bayview sky– Supervisor Malia Cohen, the Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Arts Commission hosted the official ribbon ceremony and dedication of the Arelious Walker staircase.
Bringing African, Native American, South Asian and Middle Eastern influences to the Bayview, the recently completed staircase mosaic adds a little multicultural color to our very own Innes Avenue.
Handcrafted by local artists, and local community members, the 87-step staircase is a result of a year long joint partnership between the above public organizations, the Bayview community, and youth from the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club.
Standing beside the mosaic, Supervisor Cohen noted its dedication to Rev. Arelious Walker, highlighting that “this collaborative project has brought young residents and artists together to bring inspiration and a meaningful change to the Bayview, just as Dr. Arelious Walker has for the last 40 years.”
Bayview’s hidden staircase is the latest such public art piece in San Francisco, inspired in part by the 16th Street stairway project in Outer Sunset. Designed by Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher — the artists behind the original Golden Gate Heights mosaic staircase — the mosaic speaks to the multicultural fabric that is the root of the unique and dynamic Bayview community.
Next time you wander down Innes to The San Francisco Shipyard (or our other local gem, Archimedes Banya), make sure to set aside a couple of minutes to meet our newest addition to the neighborhood, the Arelious Walker staircase mosaic.
Photos Courtesy of San Francisco Arts Commission and Tony Holiday of Forest Knolls Neighborhood.