When talking about San Francisco's Civic Center, there are two question that matter the most. First: How ought a city to navigate the intersection between a booming economy and the very real human misery that it fails to lift up? Is it possible to engineer a social space that works across class lines—or is that a utopian dream? Second: How can we plop down some funky-looking stuff to distract us from the first question?
Well, at least we have an answer to the second question. It's giant panes of glass designed to look like fog. (Just what we needed—more fog.) It's called Fogplane, and it's a public art installation that's part of the Market Street Prototyping Festival this April. As City Lab puts it, "Curious pedestrians—and people who just don't feel clammy enough—will be able to walk through it and receiving a light misting." Sounds appealing, doesn't it?
Fogplane is made of fabric, chromed columns, steel plates. It's planned to go in to Civic Center—right next to the statue of Ashurbanipal. Good old Ashurbanipal. Now there's a statue we can get behind.
You can see the dozens of art projects here, including public ping pong tables, a public library kiosk, and many more cool gray pieces of art. The artworks will go up as part of a three-day long festival in April backed by the Knight Foundation, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the city's planning department.