Art is woven into the fabric of The San Francisco Shipyard, here for you and your favorite people to discover. Hit the trails and experience the works of Bayview-local artists through a self-guided outdoor Art Walk.
The Art Walk, a walking route that guides you to nine distinct art installations, was conceived 10 years ago by the Hunter’s Point Shipyard Cultural Historic Recognition program. The group commissioned works from local Bayview artists, and the results are a stunning variety of styles and genres of art. The featured artists were selected from 238 entries. The beauty of the Art Walk is that you can experience it any day, any time. Here’s a guide to what you’ll see.
Bronze statue of solo horn player: Sculptor Jerry Barrish, who began his art career working with found and salvaged items from the shore, created this 15-foot tall figure. Barrish has said that he hopes this lone player has a quieting effect on Bayview.
Ohlone canoe: This work of woven steel recreates a life-size interpretation of the Ohlone Tribe’s tule canoe. Jessica Bodner and Hale Konon, who both have significant ties to the local art community, wanted their work to honor innovation and sustainable principles.
Four-part mural: This work celebrates the history of Bayview in four stories, each told through a quilt that was photographed onto four 30 by 30-inch porcelain enamel panels. Textile artist Marion Coleman captured scenes such as women in the Shipyard making cotton grommets for submarine tights and female Shipyard employees playing softball in her work.
Swinging bench: Form meets function in Matthew Geller’s 13-foot circular swinging bench, which was designed to hold up to 12 people. Geller was inspired to create the bench after listening to residents at a Bayview community meeting talk about wanting more informal gathering places.
Tiled seat: Using clay tiles created by local teenagers, the artist team of Colette Crutcher, Michael Azgour and Heidi Hardin covered a 120-foot custom seating element with a design that tells the complex story of water. Their inspiration? The site’s breathtaking view of San Francisco Bay.
Interactive gold frame: “Frame Refrain” (internationally recognized artists Mildred Howard and Walter Hood) installed this larger-than-life version of an antique Rococo frame in an outdoor space. Visitors can see multiple views of the Shipyard through it or even stand in the frame for a photo.
Climbing structure: Children of all ages can enjoy Matthew Passmore and the Rebar Group’s climbing structure that was inspired by the Hunter’s Point Shipyard historic bridge crane and is a nod to past military presence in the community. Passmore, who has created multiple high-profile public art installations, is known for reusing materials found in the waste stream.
Small-ship flotilla: Made from new and recycled steel, this diminutive fleet is set in sculptural railing enveloping a pedestrian walkway. Artist Eric Powell created it to prompt visitors to remember the Shipyard’s history and to think about reusing, repurposing and recycling materials.
Butterfly Girl sculpture: To create art that celebrated the everyday activities of The SF Shipyard’s families and children, artist Jason Webster crafted this 12-foot metal figure of a girl jumping rope surrounded by butterflies. Webster, who specializes in metal work, maintained a studio at the Shipyard Artist Community for many years.
The SF Shipyard’s Art Walk is both enjoyable and a means to get to know the community, its culture, and its history. Grab your walking shoes and enjoy an afternoon taking in some of the shipyard’s most significant works of art!