Public Art

Public Art

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San Francisco International Airport’s public art program, provided by the San Francisco Arts Commission, offers travelers and residents a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and environmental works that reflect the Bay Area’s vibrant and diverse culture. The collection comprises more than 120 pieces in a diversity of styles and media by artists of local, national and international acclaim. The Arts Commission, a city agency, launched SFO’s Art Program in 1977 with the construction of Terminal 3 in accordance with San Francisco’s percent for art ordinance, which provides for an art enrichment allocation equivalent to 2% of the construction cost of a new or renovated civic structure. In the ensuing decade, it purchased or commissioned more than 60 works for Terminals 1, 2 and 3. SFO’s new International Terminal, completed in 2000, became home to another 17 major commissioned works. SFO’s remodel of Terminal 2, completed in 2011, and Terminal 3 East, completed in 2014, afforded the opportunity to re-install important work from the Airport’s collection and commission large-scale works created specifically for the state-of-the-art facilities, including Janet Echelman’s ceiling installation Every Beating Second, shown above. Most recently, over 30 commissioned and purchased artworks were installed in SFO’s newest terminal, Harvey Milk Terminal 1, and the Grand Hyatt at SFO. For more information about the San Francisco Art Commission, visit www.sfartscommission.org.