Sites Unseen, a sponsored public art project of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, in conjunction with Dorka Keehn of KEEHN ON ART, unveiled Hank Willis Thomas’ “Love Over Rules” on November 9, 2017, on an exterior wall of a private building above Annie Street in San Francisco, near SFMOMA.
The large-scale animated text-based neon artwork of “Love Over Rules” is Sites Unseen’s third public art project, and Thomas’ first permanent public artwork in the United States.
Thomas graduated from the California College of the Arts’ MFA program in 2004 and has deep ties to San Francisco. The event included a presentation by the artist about this project and his practice at a free public talk at the California Historical Society, followed by the inaugural illumination of the artwork will take place at 7:00pm.
Sites Unseen received a Baum Foundation grant and works with local community partners and cultural institutions to bring dynamic arts programming to eight underused alleys in the South of Market (SOMA) area. The programs take the form of permanent and temporary artworks, performances, screenings, and other happenings. 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.