Language of the Birds

A Permanent Art Exhibition – San Francisco

Language of the Birds.

Language of the Birds.

In 2010, an important corner of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood was transformed by the creation of a new central plaza featuring a public art installation called Language of the Birds, commissioned by the city of San Francisco. The installation, by artist Brian Goggin and co-creator Dorka Keehn, captured the magic of the neighborhood with a “flock of twenty-three translucent birds”, in the form of hand-sculpted books with bindings opened and positioned to embody the wings of birds. These books, suspended above the plaza, appear to be taking off to fly away, leaving the imprint of their ideas below on the sidewalk in embossed brass lettering. Language of the Birds is an exciting new landmark at the confluence of two historic San Francisco neighborhoods, which will illuminate the incomparable diversity of the city of San Francisco for generations to come. The Baum Foundation provided the first grants to support and launch the project.

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