Press Release - June 15, 2006

Grand Opening of Pier 14 Public Pier and Dedication Ceremony to former Mayor Art Agnos

Monumental Mother and Child Sculpture Passage Installed for Six-Month Exhibition at New Pier 14 on the SF Waterfront

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - Thursday, June 15, 2006 – The San Francisco Port Commission and city officials including Mayor Gavin Newsom, former Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr., Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, Supervisor Chris Daly and others will officially open Pier 14 Public Pier and dedicate the new pier to former Mayor Art Agnos on Friday, June 16, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. Pier 14 is a new 637-foot public pier built upon the recently constructed breakwater forSan Francisco's Downtown Ferry Terminal, located on The Embarcadero at Mission Street.

Pier 14 Public Pier is being dedicated to honor former Mayor Art Agnos for his vision, leadership and commitment to San Francisco and the beautification of its waterfront.

The monumental welded-steelsculpture depicting a mother and child, Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito's Passage, has been installed for a six-month exhibition in collaboration with the opening of Pier 14. This exciting inaugural effort by the Black Rock Arts Foundation and the Port of San Francisco seeks to establish an engaging temporary presence on the San Francisco waterfront. The installation is part of the Foundation's continuing Civic Arts Program, undertaken in conjunction with Mayor Gavin Newsom's office, through which a series of works by local artists are being brought to the city's public spaces and into people's daily lives. About the program Mayor Newsom said, The work that the Black Rock Arts Foundation is doing to bring surprising and inspiring art installations to San Francisco fits with the city's larger aims - we want to find ways to support the work of local emerging artists and expand opportunities for shared creative expression."

Pier 14 Public Pier will be open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., allowing the public to stroll out onto the 637-foot long pier while taking in sweeping views of the bay, city skyline and a close-up view of the 30-foot high sculpture Passage. The vision to construct Pier 14 Public Pier as a new public recreation pier was generated through the Port's planning process for the Downtown Ferry Terminal and with the participation and collaboration of many citizens, students and public agencies. The $2.3 million Pier 14 Project was funded by:

  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • State Coastal Conservancy
  • The San Francisco Bay Trail Project
  • State Department of Transportation
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • State Wildlife Conservation Board
  • The State Parks and Water Bond 2000
  • Port of San Francisco

The Pier 14 Public Pier project includes a special art project of 288 colorful tiles, titled Boats on the Bay designed and created by students of the Build San Francisco Institute, a high school program developed by the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Playful swivel chairs, making Pier 14 fun for all ages, was designed by ROMA Design Group and the Port, and fabricated by Eclipse Design, who also fabricated all 1300 feet of the Pier's railing.

For more information about Passage, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, or the organization's efforts to inspire community-building art initiatives in San Francisco and beyond, please visit the Black Rock Arts Foundation web site at:

The Port of San Francisco is a self-revenue generating agency of the City and County of San Francisco, which manages a broad range of commercial, maritime, and public-access facilities along 7½ miles of the city's waterfront that are held in public trust for the people of California.