Healing Hearts

 Posted by on July 15, 2017
Jul 152017
 

San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue
Potrero Hill

The plaque that accompanies these pieces reads: San Francisco General Hospital is known as the "heart of the city" and the phrase inspired this series o sculptures. Mother with Children in the entry pavilionand the smaller Hearts figures sited along the walkway celebrate the crucial role the hospital plays in preserving and maintaining the community's health and well-being

The plaque that accompanies these pieces reads: San Francisco General Hospital is known as the “heart of the city” and the phrase inspired this series of sculptures. Mother with Children in the entry pavilion and the smaller Hearts figures sited along the walkway celebrate the crucial role the hospital plays in preserving and maintaining the community’s health and well-being

The pieces were all created by sculptor Tom Otterness who was born 1952 in Wichita, Kansas. He is a prolific public art sculptor who has been creating whimsical satirical pieces since the 1970s.

SFGH Heart sculptures

*Tom Otterness

Otterness employs the “lost wax” process to cast his bronze figures, which range from monumental to palm-sized. About his sculptures, the artist says, “I try to make work that speaks a common language that people understand, a visual language that doesn’t intimidate them.”

sculptures at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

*Hearts at SFGH

The sculptures are part of the San Francisco Art Commission Collection and cost $700,000.  Otterness has other pieces on a building in the Union Square area that you can see here.

Hearts at SF General Hospital

*Sculpture at San Francisco General Hospital

*Hearts at SF General