Bruce Beasley, Jorge Blanco, Royden Mills, Ryan McCourt, Peter Schifrin, Jeffery Laudenslager, Clement Meadmore, Peter Schifrin, John Toki, William Wareham.
Inaugurated on August 11th, 2005 as part of Sculpturesite Gallery’s Vernissage exhibition, the on-going exhibit of outdoor sculpture on the public Convention Plaza includes Bruce Beasley’s bronze “Alley II”, just returned from his important 45 Year Retrospective at the Oakland Museum and two of his recent granite monumental works; Jeffery Laudenslager’s graceful 25 foot tall kinetic sculpture “Transamerica Helix” in stainless steel and titanium; “Upright”, a painted aluminum work by the late Australian sculptor Clement Meadmore; three significant steel pieces by Canadian artist Royden Mills, who was an assistant to Anthony Caro; “Slow Roll”, a horizontal work by Bret Price using his remarkable technique for bending industrial steel; two bronze figurative works by Peter Schifrin that were used as maquettes for his monumental commission for the San Francisco Arts Institute; an 11 foot tall work in stainless steel by Hans Van de Bovenkamp in the same series as one recently acquired by Grounds for Sculpture in NJ; and three polychrome steel sculptures by Bay Area’s William Wareham.
More recent additions to the public sculpture exhibit on the plaza include Jorge Blanco’s site-specific “The Roller”, a spunky highly abstracted figure in bright yellow powder-coated aluminum, John Toki’s “Blue Stance”, a colorful 9 foot tall ceramic piece featured in his two person show in early 2006, Canadian artist Ryan McCourt’s “Honky Tonk”, a delightful, if weighty, steel riff on the image of a piano.
Convention Plaza is located on Third Street, across the street form the Moscone Convention Center, between Howard and Folsom. At the end of the plaza runs Kaplan Lane, where you will find the historic brick building housing Hawthorne Lane Restaurant, Crown Point Press Gallery and Thirsty Bear Restaurant.