Tune In to QUEST

Don’t miss the compelling story of Bryant Austin’s up close encounters with whales on KQED. Bryant has dedicated his life to creating bonds with wild whales, and his photographs are the records of his interactions with them. Swimming alongside these giants is an experience less than one millionth of 1% of the human population will experience. You can have a glimpse on QUEST this month. Tune in!

Wed Oct 19 at 7:30pm, on KQED 9
Thu Oct 20 at 1:30am, on KQED 9
Thu Oct 20 at 6:30am, on KQED World
Fri Oct 21 at 1:30pm, on KQED 9
Sat Oct 22 at 1:30pm, on KQED World
Sat Oct 22 at 7:30pm, on KQED World
Sun Oct 23 at 1:30am, on KQED World

Approach, Transition, Touchdown

Reception: Friday, October 21, 6–8 pm
Exhibition Dates Oct. 21—Nov. 23, 2011

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Electric Works is pleased to announce Approach, Transition, Touchdown: The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Project by Hughen/Starkweather.

Hughen/Starkweather create collaborative artworks that explore the layers, complexities and patterns that comprise a specific place using both current and historic information — photographs, maps and data — to research a location. The resulting artworks map unique forms and patterns derived from built systems and natural movements of a place.

Approach, Transition, Touchdown is a new series of prints and drawings focusing on the historic and current construction of the Bay Bridge. Over the course of two years, the artists were given access to architectural and engineering drawings, maps and diagrams, photographs of ongoing construction, as well as on-site visits by boat and on foot during various phases of construction. (Particularly notable was a vertiginous trip via steel construction elevator to the scaffolding at the top of the new tower.) They met with engineers, architects and designers involved with the project who explained the immense complexities and intricacies of the design and construction.

This November marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Bay Bridge in 1936. At the time, many believed it would be impossible to build the bridge because of high winds, muddy depths, strong waters and varying soils. There had been discussion of building a bridge between San Francisco and Oakland since the 1870s, but the process was delayed due to many factors. Once completed in 1936, it was the longest bridge in the world.

Fast forward to 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake collapsed a section of the east span and initiated seismic upgrades and eventually an entirely new design for the east span. The project has passed through four governors, political hurdles and extensive design reviews. When the new bridge opens in 2013, it will be the most complex engineering feat in the history of California. The new structure, which begins at the Yerba Buena Island, will be the largest self-anchored suspension bridge in the world, with a single tower rising 525 feet into the air and transitioning to a graceful skyway that touches down in Oakland. Whereas the current bridge is double-decked, the replacement will feature side-by-side decks and a 15.5-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian path running along the eastbound deck.

Saturday, November 12 is the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Bay Bridge in 1936. Join us on that day from 3–5 pm to celebrate the anniversary with a glass of champagne and an artists’ walkthrough of the show.


Dan Nicoletta is one several artists who were asked to create a unique rubber stamp for this years Passport fund raiser for the San Francisco Arts Commission. He will be stamping passports from 12 to 4 pm on Sunday October 23rd in the Castro. He will be stationed at base camp for the event at 1 José Sarria Court which is directly in front of the Eureka Branch Harvey Milk Library on 16th Street between Market and Sanchez Streets.

San Francisco Public Library in its Own Words

Bravo to Wendy MacNaughton for capturing the wonderful character of the denizens who use the library as refuge and resource center. If you missed reading SF Chronicle story about Wendy’s time at the library, read it here.
San Francisco Public Library in its Own Words is available now at the store at Electric Works. Open Tuesday-Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-5.