ARTIST MICHAEL ARCEGA – Creates “Valencia Street Post”

“I hope that San Francisco and the Mission District will embrace these posts as a shared space for expressing their needs, wants, protests, and offerings.” — Michael Arcega

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Luis R. Cancel announced the installation of Valencia Street Post – a new public artwork by San Francisco artist Michael Arcega – located on Valencia Street between 16th and 19th Streets. The installation features four 10-foot telephone poles outfitted with highly ornamental Victorian-inspired crowns and bases, which will be added later this month. The public is invited to use the unadorned midsections as a community bulletin board. “I hope that this artwork will act as a beacon or a marker for community interaction and relationships,” said Arcega. “Valencia Street Post” is inscribed with dimensional letters atop each individualized ornamental crown. The word “post” is intended by the artist to have a variety of meanings from pole, news, postering, “post” modern, etc. Crafted out of steel and aluminum and painted with a durable urethane alkyd enamel, the ornamental crowns are a combination of Victorian architectural vernacular that recall the neighborhood’s past history. Later this summer, the Department of Public Works will add a decorative paving design based on Victorian wallpaper to the sidewalk surrounding the poles. The juxtaposition of a bulletin-street-pole with classic San Franciscan architecture embraces the past and the present while providing room for future collaborations by the community.

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“Michael Arcega has created a highly intelligent installation that celebrates two distinct aspects of Mission District culture—its rich history represented by the Victorian-era details and its vibrant street life as evidenced by the omnipresent postings and fliers advertising neighborhood events and happenings,” said Mr. Cancel. “His ability to blend these two important cultural aspects while providing a space for public interaction makes this artwork timeless and a wonderful new symbol of the neighborhood.”



“I am grateful and honored to participate in the Art Commission’s efforts at engaging the public while beautifying the area. As an analog chat room or Victorian technology, I hope that San Francisco and the Mission District will embrace these posts as a shared space for expressing their needs, wants, protests, and offerings,” said Mr. Arcega.

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MICHAEL ARCEGA – with his piece Tank You at the Luggage Store

About the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Public Art Program

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. We believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. Established by charter in 1932, SFAC programs integrate the arts into all aspects of City life. Programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Gallery, Street Artists Licensing, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth and Family Concert Series. The agency’s core values are committed to the principle that all residents have equal access to arts experiences in all disciplines, that programs are provided comprehensively and evenly throughout the City, and that they are innovative and of the highest quality.

The Arts Commission’s Public Art Program was established by the City Arts Enrichment Ordinance in 1969, as one of the first of its kind in the country. The Public Art Program seeks to promote a diverse and stimulating cultural environment to enrich the lives of the city’s residents, visitors and employees. The Program encourages the creative interaction of artists, designers, City staff, officials and community members during the design of City projects in order to develop public art that is specific to the site and meaningful to the community.

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