YERBA BUENA GARDENS PUBLIC ART TOURS 2023
Thu Jun 15 2023 at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens | San Francisco, CA
About this Event
First and third Thursdays of the month at 11am. Free pre-registration is required.
The tour meets in front of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Waterfall at the center of Yerba Buena Gardens (between Mission and Howard, 3rd and 4th streets). The route avoids stairs and should be accessible for those who use a walker or wheelchair.
Yerba Buena Gardens opened in 1993, with the creation of public spaces and public art that can be the catalyst for interesting discussions. This walking tour led by Rodney SF Tours explores the artworks of Yerba Buena Gardens which evoke the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and San Francisco’s maritime past. Followed by a gathering space created by two Native American artists and a beautifully restored relic that has moved and delighted generations of children. As well as a sculpture created by an artist who is also a successful composer of country music.
The tour also contextualizes the public artworks within the history of the Yerba Buena neighborhood, historically a vibrant, densely populated area full of residences, lodgings and a wide variety of businesses. The site included a brewery with a critical role in the city’s history and factories producing paint, sausages and popcorn. Its residents included retired longshoremen, military veterans and a large Filipino community. The tour discusses those communities and the effects of Yerba Buena’s history of redevelopment and displacement.
Where is it happening?Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, 773 Mission St., San Francisco, United States
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