Sites Unseen, a sponsored public art project of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, celebrated the unveiling of Leah Rosenberg’s “Local Color” with a free all-ages party held on July 29, 2017.
Rosenberg, a San Francisco-based artist, was inspired by her personal observations while spending time in the neighborhood and speaking with residents, workers and tourists. The installation was designed for the various nooks along the side of the Academy of Arts University. Each nook featured solar-powered LED lighting in a corresponding color, alongside an event that encouraged attendees to imagine what color might taste like. Rosenberg’s practice spans a range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking and performance.
The party also featured events by Ramekon O’Arwisters, hosts of “Crochet Jam”, and Fallen Fruit, who invited partygoers to make a collaborative collage magazine inspired by the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love.
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 improve these neglected alleys by fostering social interaction, community pride, as well as economic opportunities while increasing visitors’ exposure to the arts.