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Installation Begins On The New Patricia's Green Sculpture

Installation Begins On The New Patricia's Green Sculpture
Photos: Andrew Dudley/Hoodline
By Rose Garrett - Published on September 02, 2014.
It's been one month since we broke the news of the upcoming concrete-and-steel sculpture headed to Patricia's Green, and today, installation has begun on the piece. 

Artist Mark Baugh-Sasaki and his crew have begun transferring the sculpture, entitled Fractured Landscape, from his workshop to Hayes Valley's most prominent public space, with the grand unveiling scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 11th from 5pm-8pm. 

According to Mark, the piece will have a 16' x 16' base and will stand 13 feet tall. Inspired by the removal of the Central Freeway and its role in the neighborhood's identity, the idea is to represent a "crumbling and reforming" landscape that continues to evolve. Here's the rendering of the finished piece. 

"I'm reusing concrete chunks from a lot of these construction projects, wrapping them in steel and incorporating them into the sculpture so they are suspended in this weblike structure," he explained at last week's HVNA meeting. "There are also these boxes that are kind of towers that resemble a city skyline, and it's all sort of crumbling and shifting and changing, so it's all about evolution and transformation."

For those that don't quite get the symbolism, there will be also be plaque with a brief history of the Central Freeway's removal and significance for the neighborhood. The sculpture is set to remain in place through May, 2015.

We'll share plenty of photos when the piece is completed. For now, you can stop by and watch as the installation takes shape from these humble beginnings: