Treasure Island Water Resource Recovery Facility- San Francisco, CA

  • Commissioning Entity

    San Francisco Arts Commission

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  • Location of Commission

    San Francisco, California, United States

  • Commission Portal

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  • Geographic Eligibilty

    Applicants in country of installation

  • Contact Name

    Craig Corpora

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Commission Document

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  • Brief Description

    The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for the Treasure Island Water Resource Recovery Facility (TIWRRF). The art opportunity consists of the concrete façades of the TIWRRF’s Maintenance and Administration Buildings along Eastside Avenue and the adjacent pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Interspersed between reflective, vertical glazed elements that connect the landscape to the sky, the façade-mounted artwork will consist of imagery on up to 2,850 square feet of precast concrete panels, which may be produced through the application of Graphic Concrete®, mosaic or ceramic tile, custom-formed reliefs, and/or other precast elements.

    The goals of the TIWRRF public artwork are to connect viewers to an understanding of the flow and importance of water and wastewater in the TIWRRF, on and around the island, and throughout the Bay Area, more broadly; and to highlight the Treasure Island’s history, ecology, natural and marine environment, and the environmental stewardship of the SFPUC.


    The artist contract budget for this project is $510,000, inclusive of all artist's fees, as well as associated expenses for design, fabrication, insurance, transportation and consultation during installation. A separate allocation of $100,000 has been set aside for the installation of the artwork, to be managed under separate contract by SFAC.

    Project Description

    Located on the north end of Treasure Island—a 400-acre artificial island built on the shoals of neighboring Yerba Buena Island in the San Francisco Bay for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition—the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Treasure Island Water Resource Recovery Facility (TIWRRF) is a critical part of the island’s infrastructure and sustainability framework. The new 9-acre facility will be located within the fourth and final phase of Treasure Island redevelopment, with a large, approximately 100-acre regional shoreline park to be built in the area surrounding the facility. Conceived as “A Machine in the Park,” the TIWRRF is designed to produce minimal wastewater discharge with the goal to reuse disinfected recycled water on the island for lawns, landscaping, and community parks. Facility construction will begin in early 2024, with anticipated completion in 2026.

    Please see commission document for full project information and application instructions.Click here for the application form.