Sites Unseen, a sponsored public art project of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, will unveil its first permanent artwork installation by San Francisco artist Barry McGee on Sunday, October 8th at 3 PM. The celebration will take place on the rooftop of Moscone Contemporary Art Center Garage in San Francisco (255 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107).
McGee, a San Francisco native, is a prominent fixture in the Bay Area’s street art scene. His commissioned artwork returns to the public sphere with a large-scale painted works highlighting and celebrating his Chinese heritage and San Francisco’s ever growing Asian-American community. McGee’s artwork strongly focuses on mixed-media installations, drawings, and paintings. His inspiration often draws from contemporary urban culture, street art, and other artist installations. Other sources of inspiration include Mexican muralists, tramp art, and graffiti art from the 1970s and 1980s.
Sites Unseen received a Baum Foundation grant and works with local community partners and cultural institutions to bring dynamic arts programming to seven underused neighborhood alleys in the form of permanent and temporary artworks, performances, screenings, and other happenings. The alleys, including Annie, Clementina, Jessie East, Lapu Lapu, Minna, Natoma, and Shipley Streets, provide a platform for local and national artists at all career stages to showcase work within a unified curatorial framework. Sites Unseen will activate these neglected alleys by fostering social interaction, community pride, as well as economic opportunities while increasing visitors’ exposure to the arts.