San Francisco Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure
"Nautical Swing" provides a place where up to a dozen people can relax, converse, and enjoy the view while gently swaying on a circular bench —a park bench/porch-swing hybrid. Located on top of Coleman Bluff Overlook and employing an economy of means, "Nautical Swing" creates a celebratory park feature and a beautiful spot for neighbors to gather. The work is playful, romantic, and as entertaining as it is functional. 16' x 20' x 20'. Galvanized steel, painted steel, stainless steel. Location: Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco. (con't below)
Mirroring the redevelopment of the HPS site itself, "Nautical Swing" references the past and the future. The steel columns and beams mimic the structure of the site’s iconic gantry crane. The perforated steel canopy with its large oculus looks as if it could have been constructed from parts salvaged from the Shipyard. The canopy also creates a balance between the radiant view of the skies above and spectacular views of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Francisco Bay.
Metalab provided design development and fabrication documentation services for the vertical structure. As construction managers they coordinated with the fabrication and installation contractors.
I have often worked with a visual vocabulary that does not immediately telegraph its status as art. I like to use sites and vernaculars that have been marginalized in some form: the controlled chaos of industrial infrastructure (Open Channel Flow, Chroma Booster), the abandoned limb of an amusement park ride (Greenway Blueway Byway Skyway, Nautical Swing), or the aging tree in a public park (Woozy Blossom, Cypress Landing). I take these abject artifacts and retrofit them to create a ready-made public square. The idea is to surprise while fostering a sense of community around an unlikely object or site.
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