What color comes to mind when you think about San Francisco? For the whole of 2017, this very question obsessed artist Leah Rosenberg.
The result of the quandary—also put to her network of friends—is a map of sorts, as colorful as the city, in hues inspired by the likes of Karl the Fog, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the organic kale prevalent at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's market.
A project in collaboration with the San Francisco Arts Commission, the 20-by-27-foot installation Everywhere, a Color—a patchwork of solid and patterned wood, powder-coated aluminum, and acrylic mirror slats—now brings a significant burst of life to SFO's international terminal in the otherwise quite drab gate G96. (If you look closely at the patterned strips, you may recognize the rainbow stripes of the Castro's crosswalks or the turret at SFMOMA.) Rosenberg thinks of it as an abstract landscape painting of the city, highlighting our collective notions of our hometown through our associations of its colors.
"For this specific installation, I am interested in tapping into our various senses, while also conjuring memory and the importance of togetherness so that I am not just gathering color, but gathering the psyche of what brings color to the lives of people," says the artist.
Of course, color has been at the heart of her process for more than a decade—Everyday, a Color was the title of her 2015 site-specific installation in which she painted the walls and props at Irving Street Projects a new hue—inspired by findings in the surrounding Outer Sunset—every day for 50 days. The intent: to connect people to the beauty of the neighborhood.
Missed the project? Perhaps you're more familiar with her latest: the wildly successful Color Factory. Rosenberg, a 2017 7x7 Style Council honoree, is also notable for her contribution, Local Color on Natoma Street, to Sites Unseen.
Now Rosenberg hopes to connect travelers and locals alike through the joyous shades that define our San Francisco. // leahrosenberg.com
A close-up of the installation.(Courtesy of San Francisco Art Commission)