New Public Art in Civic Center Plaza
View the Proposal for the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Right now at the Main Library is a proposal display for a new public artwork for the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium by Joseph Kosuth. The objective of this project is to activate and enliven the Polk Street and west facing Hayes Street façades of the Auditorium with a significant, museum caliber artwork of the highest aesthetic quality for permanent display. This project is the first public art project to be funded through the auspices of the Public Art Trust with a contribution made by The Emerald Fund, the developers who are constructing two residential properties across from the Auditorium. Renowned artist Joseph Kosuth was selected through a competitive process in June 2015. The Arts Commission contracted with the artist and he was invited to develop a unique proposal for the building that includes a large-scale text-based neon light installation.