San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue
Acute Care Building
This piece, titled River of Time, is in three pieces. The above piece is at the end of a short hallway on the 7th floor. The other two, however, are behind locked doors. I was able to snap a photo of the others when the doors were opened by a staff member.
River of Time consists of a curved glass wall 98-2/8 inches by 97-3/8 inches and the two glass light-well walls in a corridor that measure 93-5/8 inches by 246 inches. All are stained glass panels. The artist’s concept is budding tree branches suspended above a calm riverbed in mostly blue hues.
Alan Masaoka was raised in San Francisco, California, and has been working with glass since 1975. He attended Pilchuck Glass School in the state of Washington.
Masaoka began his first glass business, Architectural Glass Design, in Seattle in 1975. In 1980 Masaoka moved to the Monterey Peninsula and established Masaoka Glass Design. He moved his studio to the Carmel Valley in 1998.
Masaoka is known for his unique signature style of contemporary leaded glasswork, incorporating bevels and hand-blown German art glass. His work also includes etched glass, reverse glass painting, kiln cast and fused glass techniques.
These were commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for $144,579.