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Parking meters grow improbably tall!

Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission as part of the Leland Avenue Streetscape Improvement project in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, Street Life is a large-scale sculpture composed of surplus parking meter heads attached to tall, arcing steel poles.

Sprouting dramatically from the sidewalk like stalks of organically growing street furniture, Street Life gestures toward the pastoral and agricultural history of Visitacion Valley, while simultaneously referencing several important elements that compose contemporary life along Leland Avenue. As the streetscape undergoes a radical transformation and improvement project, the social ecology of the street will, inevitably, be altered as well. By re-using elements of obsolete street furniture, Street Life punctuates the current moment in the evolution of the neighborhood and the community it supports.

Street Life invites the viewer to contemplate a more sustainable future, where additional obsolete elements of the urban automobile infrastructure could be dismantled and fashioned into usable media for artwork. The street furnishings of today may well be the art supplies of the future.

Date: 2010
Client: San Francisco Arts Commission
Location: San Francisco, CA