Anchor Project: Exchange Portals

Exchange Portals is a collaboration between Gensler and Turner Construction — a temporary installation that seeks to experiment with the form of temporary art in public space as part of the Prototyping Festival…centered around the ability to exchange perceptions, ideas and meanings. Exchange Portals — in the way they are conceived, erected, and hopefully find a life after the Festival — aspire to generate dialogue about San Francisco — to uncover heritage — recover dreams — create a record — reveal the absurd — navigate the margins — consider a multi-dimensional moment — & — make a difference.

Our proposal embraces the idea of a ‘makeshift prototype that connects San Francisco to Market Street in the multiple’. It will comprise 6 temporary gates or portals that can be experienced in single moments and in multiple impacts. The structures of the gates will be of standard scaffolding, installed to provide a rhythm of moments along one sidewalk in the retail heart. Each gate will be filled on its sides by art work(s) that draw from the neighborhoods of San Francisco — their look, their feel, their senses, their communities. On the outer walls of each portal, we will gather words and events that celebrate our city and provide a frame for engagement and public moments on a blackboard surface. The ceiling of each gate will be designed and fabricated to provide the consistent context for the 6 gates.


Artists + Neighborhood Inspiration

We worked with Intersection for the Arts to make a call for 6 artist partners or groups to develop pieces for inclusion in the Exchange Portals:
Monica Magtoto – Mission
Kari Marboe – Outer Richmond + Outer Sunset
Jeffrey Thompson – Outer Mission
Indira Urrutia + Marc Hors – Castro
Patricia Warren – Tenderloin + SOMA
senseofplace LAB (Laurie Halsey Brown) – Bayview