San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue
Titled Archipelago this piece is based on the concept of a river as a metaphor for life. It was created by Anna Valentina Murch and sits in the plaza connecting the old and new buildings of the hospital complex. An important feature of the installation is a 6’-tall oval-shaped stainless steel banded sculpture, which is internally illuminated at night to serve as a symbolic beacon. Additionally, a series of basket-like, stainless steel banded sculptural seating elements surround planters and companion carved granite benches.
Murch was born in Scotland and grew up in London, where she earned degrees from the University of Leicester, the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association. Murch had an interest in art installations, sculptures, and ecological design. She often collaborated with her husband Douglas Hollis, who is an environmental artist.
Murch came to the Bay Area in the 1970s and taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and UC Berkeley She began teaching at Mills College as a professor of studio art at Mills college in 1991, she passed away in 2014.
This installation was purchased by the San Francisco Arts Commission for $826,800.