ArtCare, with input from the San Francisco Arts Commission, identifies and assists in funding public artworks in most urgent need of restoration.

There are approximately 4,000 objects in the civic art collection, estimated in value at close to $100 million dollars.  The SFAC receives only a small allocation from the City for maintenance, restoration and cleaning of public artworks (including graffiti abatement and vandalism removal). The allocation for civic art collection repair and maintenance fluctuates according to annual city budget, and the needs of the collection far exceed the allocated amount year on year. Once the works are restored, it is critical to build a sustainable source of funds to maintain them.

Many works are in need of  immediate attention, but are out of the reach of current funding.

Through its restoration projects, ArtCare fosters a public sense of stewardship of the City’s historic objects and modern sculptural treasures by matching civic-minded art enthusiasts and collectors with artworks that speak to them.  These pieces may be located in their own neighborhoods or places of business, or collectors may wish to help restore the work of an artist with whom they have a personal interest.

Your involvement helps to fund the major initiatives of ArtCare and your donation is tax-deductible.

Works In Need:

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Music Concourse (link opens PDF overview document)

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Lotta’s Fountain
Anonymous, 1875
cast iron

Public Display : District 3 : Market and Kearny Streets

Monument underwent significant conservation and restoration in 1998. It now needs general maintenance to repair several incidents of vandalism and damage to the protective enamel coating. Also needs general cleaning and maintenance to the lamp element.

Estimated cost: $20,000 – $30,000

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Robert Ingersoll Aitken
William McKinley, 1904
bronze, granite and marble

Public Display : District 5
Golden Gate Park, Entrance to Panhandle

Bronze statue and stone base need significant conservation treatment. Protection strategies such as coatings and physical barriers should be implemented as the work is frequently vandalized.

Estimated cost: $140,000 – $165,000

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Robert Arneson
Yin Yang, 1992
bronze, enamel

Public Display: District 3
Embarcadero in Justin Herman Plaza

Painted coating/patina needs cleaning, in-painting, and repair. Current location needs assessment and

planter needs relandscaping. Possible addition of protective barrier.

Estimated cost: $25,000 – $35,000

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

METAL
International Longshoremen’s & Warehousemen’s Union Memorial (ILWU), 1986
painted welded steel

Public Display : District 6
Stuart Street near Mission Street

Repair damaged and flaking paint. Possibly involve artist if inpainting is necessary. Research and apply UV resistant protective coating.

Estimated cost: $20,000 – $30,000

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Aristides Demetrios
Sentinels, 1973
welded steel with green patina

Public Display : District 7
City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus

Complete conservation assessment. Artwork showing signs of significant corrosion at seams due to trapped moisture within the piece. Stabilize and mitigate damage. Clean and apply protective coating. Install signage.

Estimated cost: $40,000 – $50,000

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

William Wareham
Wyoming Coup, 1969
welded aluminum

Public Display : District 7
City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus

Strengthen aluminum welds and structurally stabilize the piece. Clean and apply protective coatings. Clean base. Repair signage.

Estimated cost: $30,000 – $35,000

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Henry Moore
Standing Figure Knife Edged – Winged Figure
bronze

Public Display : District 3
One Maritime Plaza at Golden Gateway Center, Corner of Washington, Clay and Battery Streets

Conservation assessment and patina research. Clean and add protective coating if necessary.

Estimated cost: $20,000 – $30,000

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Whales
Robert B. Howard, 1939
cast black artificial granite

Storage : District 11 : CCSF : Phelan Campus : Judson Avenue

Major relocation and restoration project.

Estimated cost: $500,000

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

William Shakespeare
George Bullock, 1814
bronze

Public Display : District 1 : Golden Gate Park : Shakespeare Garden

Full cleaning, conservation and restoration of patina. Treatmentproposal for bronze plaques that flank the
sculptural bust and the brick support.

Estimated cost: $50,000

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Native Sons Monument (Admission Day Monument)
Douglas Tilden, 1897
bronze and granite

Public Display : District 3 : Market and Montgomery

Full cleaning, conservation and restoration of bronze
and stone elements.

Estimated cost: $75,000

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Thomas Starr King
Daniel Chester French, ca. 1892
Bronze on marble base

*** Monument Selection from the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse

Thomas Starr King (1824-1864) was a San Francisco Unitarian minister, abolitionist and patriot whose fiery eloquence is credited with helping keep California in the Union during the run-up to the Civil War. Dedicated in 1892, the monument is the work of sculptor Daniel Chester French (the artist is best known for his monumental work, the statue of Abraham Lincoln, 1920 in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.). The S.F. sculpture is located prominently at the entrance to the Music Concourse at Golden Gate Park and was a gift to the city from the Starr King Monument Committee (public subscription).

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Francis Scott Key
William Wetmore Story, 1887
Bronze, travertine and marble

*** Monument Selection from the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse

This monument, designed by William Wetmore Story and funded by James Lick at $60,000 (approximately $1.5 million today), was the nation’s first memorial to Francis Scott Key (the composer of our national anthem). In 1888, when the monument was unveiled, The Star-Spangled Banner was not the national anthem of the United States. It did not achieve that distinction until 1931. The monument is one of the largest in the city’s collection, standing over 4 stories tall.

Francis Scott Key

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

The Cider Press
Thomas Shields-Clarke, 1982
Bronze

*** Monument Selection from the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse

San Francisco’s first World Fair was laid out in Golden Gate Park. Its enduring legacy was the Japanese Tea Garden, (and the De Young Art Museum – subsequently destroyed and constructed to a completely new design). It also left a few other artifacts, such as this romantic statue. The statue is the work of an American artist, Thomas Shields Clarke, who studied in Paris and received a medal of honor in Madrid for this sculpture. Before the fair closed in the summer of 1894, this statue was purchased by M.H. De Young as a gift to the park to be permanently displayed in front of the museum. It was originally installed as a drinking fountain.

Cider Press

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Origami Fountains
Ruth Asawa, 1999
Bronze (replication)

Origami Fountains

IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Noah and His Ark
Dorothy Wagner Puccinelli and Helen Forbes, 1934
Egg tempera on plaster, architectural feature

Noah and His Ark