The Public Posts Of Mission

Permanent public artworks serve as local community boards in San Francisco.

When the team at PSFK was meandering through San Francisco’s Mission district recently we came upon four new but historical looking poles that are intended to serve as local community boards.

They were designed by Michael Arcega as a permanent public art piece for the Valencia Street Redevelopment project by the San Francisco Art Commission. The Valencia Street Posts are four poles with Victorian-inspired crowns that are distributed along Valencia Street. On his site, Arcega says:

The unadorned midsection is designed for community interaction: or notices, events, ads etc. The word post can mean a variety of things from pole, news, postering, “post” identity, and/or “post” modern– all of which are correct.

Only recently erected, the poles already had a mish-mash of leaflets including politicians’ flyers, ads for local delicatessens and lots of impromptu art. Click through the images below to see more.

Later this summer, the Department of Public Works will add a decorative paving design based on Victorian wallpaper to the sidewalk surrounding the poles.

San Francisco Art Commission

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