Public Art

The TJPA has voluntarily committed $4.75 million to fund the acquisition of artwork for the Program. The TJPA’s commitment is in the spirit of the City and County of San Francisco’s “Percent for Art Ordinance,” which allocates two percent of construction costs for the inclusion of public art in the civic structures and facilities, and is consistent with policies established by the Federal Transit Administration encouraging the inclusion of art in transportation facilities.

The TJPA engaged the San Francisco Arts Commission to manage and oversee the planning and development of the public art program.

Phase I of the art program consists of the installation of four large-scale, permanent, commissioned artworks in the Transit Center. These artworks merge seamlessly with the grand and elegant architecture of the facility. This is an exciting opportunity for public artwork to be commissioned in conjunction with the design and construction of the new Transit Center.

Depending on the availability of funding, Phase II of the art program may include opportunities for artists to create smaller scaled works in the passenger lobbies, corridors, passageways, pedestrian entrances, as treatment of temporary, construction-related chain link fencing, and in a new park planned at Second and Howard Streets.

Transbay Center Artist Bios


James Carpenter

James Carpenter is a New York-based artist who has taught at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is well-known for creating works that use natural and artificial light to transform …

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Julie Chang

Julie Chang is a San Francisco-based artist who coincidentally lives within blocks of the new Transbay Transit Center. Using a visual vocabulary that includes European wallpaper patterns, Chinese textiles and contemporary graphic design, she creates laser-cut acrylic chandeliers, graphic two-dimensional works, and painted floor murals.

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Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer is a New York-based artist who is well known for her electronic LED signs and projections that incorporate statements or what she calls Truisms such as “protect me from what I want” and “abuse of power comes as no surprise.”

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Ned Kahn

Ned Kahn lived in San Francisco for over 20 years, many of which were spent designing educational exhibits at the Exploratorium. Mr. Kahn’s work is a seamless synthesis of nature, art and technology. He investigates the essence of and the interactions between natural, human, and artificial systems.

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