Building 180 is a full-service art production and consulting agency. We produce, curate, and manage unique and complex art installations from conception to completion. We collaborate with inspirational and innovative artists, working across industries with architects, marketing companies, city planners, designers, developers, event producers, museum curators, and more to make stories come to life.

Paint the Void was created at the onset of the 2020 pandemic to help keep artists engaged and paid as guardians of hope and beauty in a time of fear and uncertainty. The project is fiscally sponsored by the 501(c)(3) organization Intersection for the Arts and made possible through private donations and city grants. Paint The Void commissions local Bay Area artists to create uplifting murals on boarded storefronts of local businesses, turning bleak plywood into public art. The process keeps artists at work, beautifies neighborhoods across the San Francisco Bay Area, and gives small-business owners a new lease of hope. The local community is pivotal to its success and is encouraged to participate.

To preserve the project’s history Paint the Void is releasing an Art Book, Painting the Void: The Impact of Art in the San Francisco Bay Area Amidst a Global Pandemic. This photo book is made to commemorate and archive the story of our ongoing project, other adjacent local initiatives, and the San Francisco Bay Area during the global pandemic. Pre-order your copy and help preserve the Bay Area’s history as a place that even amidst deeply challenging times continues to value the importance of artists.

My Projects

  • Agua Viva by Claudia Bueno for Benchling

    Building 180 was selected to curate and produce an original artwork that reflects the essence of Benchling, a cloud-based platform for biotechnology research and development. Building 180 commissioned Claudia Bueno to create “Agua Viva,” a marine-life-inspired chandelier that fluctuates overhead for the company’s San Francisco office. Her sculptures interact with a light installation by Keegan Arthur Olton, giving us the sensation of a constant and gentle water flow. This mesmerizing multi-dimensional displays of captivating light and intricate composition transmit a quality of timeless spaciousness that viewers simultaneously lose and find themselves in.

  • Art is Essential: Patreon Murals

    Building 180 worked with Patreon – an online platform that provides tools for artists to earn a monthly income – to curate their new headquarters in San Francisco. Building 180 was tasked with curating the space and producing over 10 murals with 6 local artists to ensure a new look and feel. The assignment was to bring in a local and diverse set of artists that represent the company's DNA, and the employee base, and most importantly, they wanted the artists to work without any design direction and with total creative freedom. This makes Patreon a dream client but it also challenged Building 180 to carefully select artists whose work would flow well together without the added need for cross-collaboration. Building 180 curated the muralists, Timothy Bluitt, Josue Rojas, DJ Agana, Nigel Sussman, LE BohemianMuse, and Addendum24 from the Bella Donna duo. The result of the murals exceeded everyone’s expectations. It was a testament that when artists are given the trust and support they need, their work is driven by passion and dedication which results in outstanding works of art. The murals were widely accepted by the Patreon team and now bring inspiration and joy to their workplace.

  • Constellation

    Constellation by Christopher Schardt is a star-shaped canopy of 5,400 LED modules. 26x27; in diameter and hanging from a single point, it can be installed indoors or outdoors. Typically, it is installed with four speakers to play classical music that syncs with the visuals.

  • Coursera Interactive Mural

    Building 180 worked with Coursera's Workplace Development Team to curate a list of artists to paint murals at their Mountain View HQ in California. This bleak entranceway was the artery of the building and we wanted to transform the space into a welcoming place for visitors and employees. Artist Strider Patton took this a step further and added an interactive element to his mural by adding sound-reactive LED lighting to the mural. These lights reacted as people went up and down the stairs the throughout the hallway.

  • Discover Polk

    Building 180 worked alongside The Discover Polk Community Benefit District (DPCBD) in San Francisco, CA to produce 5 unique murals for the Polk Street corridor. To-date we've completed 3 permanent murals in the district: Liv Losee-Unger, Cora Jaeschke and Ursula Young.

  • Entwined

    Entwined is a grove of five Africa-inspired trees with raised root tangles to climb and nestle into and a canopy of light cubes with interactive programming. With QR codes placed on the sculptures bring viewers to a webpage to be the ones responsible for the different color lights and strobing effects. Giving people the power to play with the sculpture and feel like they are creating the art they see by controlling the lights. Entwined is a place to gather under shade during the day and to play at night. Entwined is purposely large and welcoming, with intentional space to support many people gathering together. These trees are explicitly meant to be climbed upon, creating a direct physical interaction with the piece of art. It is a place for meeting, gathering, talking, and interacting.

  • Ethyl - The Big Blue Whale

    Artists Joel Dean Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova originally built Ethyl for a commission by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. With the support of Building 180, they set up a makeshift recycling center and facilitated educational workshops around plastic waste and consumption. The artists developed a custom recycling process done by hand to demonstrate that small-scale, high-impact waste management is possible and not necessarily something that has to be done on an industrial scale. All of the plastic for this project was donated from the Monterey Bay area and qualifies as #2 type of plastic, also known as HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene), which is the stiff plastic used to make milk jugs, laundry detergent, and oil bottles, toys, and some plastic bags. It is also one of the most commonly used and safest plastics to prevent off-gassing. The appliances used to make each panel were either handmade (shredders), donated (greywater), or found on Craigslist (oven, washing machine). All of the soap used to clean the trash was recycled from found laundry and soap bottles. In total, the artists along with dozens of volunteers, hand-recycled over 5,000 pounds of plastic.

  • Hypecourt by Nina Fabunmi at India Basin Shoreline Park

    Building 180 and our community arm, Paint the Void, were proud to assist and support the India Basin Shoreline Park project. Hypecourt is a colorful, graphic mural installed on the surface of the park’s recently resurfaced basketball court. The local artist behind the mural is Nina Fabunmi, who is a part of the Hunters Point Shipyard Artists community. Fabunmi led a cohort of five local youths from Bayview-Hunters Point (BVHP) to create several designs that reflected themselves. The final design was chosen by the community.

  • Inquire Within

    The sculpture consists of a steel frame, skinned with reclaimed plastics, representing how disembodied we have been through modern development and the creation of the plastic problem. It illustrates how both our bodies and behaviors have been besieged. In the head, there is a hole where the brain should be, further punctuating the mindlessness of this problem. However, the hole is filled with natural materials and the surrounding landscape, reminding us that nature will teach us how to solve the problem if we quiet our minds enough and listen.

  • Paint the Void: Public Art as a Path to Civic Rejuvenation

    A non-profit arts collective born out of the 2020 pandemic, Paint The Void matches local artists with local businesses, organizes public donation and commissions uplifting murals, turning boarded-up storefronts into primed canvases for public art. The process keeps artists at work, beautifies the neighborhoods all across San Francisco, and gives small-business owners a new lease of hope, drawing the local community into the process. Paint The Void has now completed 165 murals, received massive acclaim from the public and had touched the lives of thousands of Bay Area residents. The entire project has been organized and executed remotely, by 4 female founders, who commissioned over 180 artists to make this a reality. Paint the Void evoked and inspired art and economic recovery during times of adversity. Since 2020 PtV has raised over $500k for local artists most who live within walking distance to the murals they painted. The local community has become captivated by their impact in the Bay Area neighborhoods, placing artwork on abandoned and boarded up storefronts almost immediately when Shelter in Home was mandated. This effort was recently celebrated in January 2022 with an Exhibit and a book is coming soon. You can preorder the book here: https://bit.ly/3M2ypsT

  • Rainbow Bridge

    Rainbow Bridge is a 75-foot wide, 30-foot high, 4-foot deep walkable sculpture covered in multicolored LEDs. Rainbow has 15,000 lbs of steel framing, clad with wood panels painted the iconic colors. At night she sparkles with over 25,000 LEDs, connected by nearly a mile of wiring. Those LEDs display beautiful animations, which react to sound, so the experience of Rainbow is constantly fresh and dynamic. The LEDs can be programmed to display various text, images, and videos; the lights can even interact with external music. The sides of the Rainbow Bridge have a few steep climbable stairs before reaching the central arching platform. Participants can walk the bridge from either side, engage with one another, and take in the whole view from the apex. Rainbow Bridge was a landmark to people gathering, dance parties (interacting with the lights), games interacting with the LEDs, and children's book readings. The arch is a cheerful landmark by day and a stunning light show by night. We love rainbows because they evoke love, magic, hope, inclusivity, and wonder.

  • SOMO Village Public Sculptures

    In 2021, Building 180 was brought on by SOMO Village – a live-work community in Northern California dedicated to sustainable living and community building – to curate and install large-scale public artworks in their outdoor areas. Building 180 curated collaborative partners Joel Dean Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova along with Katy Boynton. Joel and Yustina installed Sheila, a larger-than-life Dire Wolf, modeled after a prehistoric canine, made of reclaimed steel and decommissioned gutters. They also installed the SOMO Quails, a site-specific commission inspired by the Pomo nation’s mythology. The sculptures represent a family of three quails made of repurposed metal from demolition sites at SOMO Village. Katy Boynton installed Heartfullness SOMO Village, a steel-mended heart sculpture made of materials sourced locally in her studio and donated reclaimed metal. The sculpture represents mending together the history and beauty of the land with a new community to live, thrive, and prosper.

  • The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino: Transmigrations and Slat City

    Curated and produced by Building 180, Camila Magrane created Transmigrations, the largest augmented reality mural of its kind. Transmigrations is composed of (2) 75x100’ digital murals that can be seen from 112 of the hotel’s guest rooms in the Gallery Tower. A custom continuation of Magrane’s “Virtual Mutations” series, augmented reality technology is utilized to create an interactive experience. Using Virtual Mutations, a proprietary app created by Magrane for her own works. The mural is positioned for guests to be able to view and interact with the augmented reality features of the artwork just outside of their hotel room window with an iPad. Simultaneously at the same property, Josef Kristofoletti hand-painted a 5,000 square ft. mural on the hotel’s exterior mechanical building dubbed Slat City, a reference to the thousands of louvered pieces on the building. Working almost primarily overnight to avoid the blazing Las Vegas heat, Josef and his assistant worked tirelessly over the course of 2-months to paint the vibrant and striking mural.

  • The Golden Mile Project

    In the fall of 2022 Building 180 and Paint the Void played an integral part in curating and producing murals for The Golden Mile Project. The Golden Mile Project, located in the heart of San Francisco’s majestic Golden Gate Park, is a 1.5-mile stretch of road that has been transformed into an urban oasis bursting with art, music, and joy. Previously one of San Francisco’s most dangerous roads for pedestrians and bikers, the community now has a safe place to gather and view art. The road enjoyed a complete transformation over three months beginning in the fall of 2022. More than a dozen massive murals are painted directly upon the former roadway.