When Imagination Goes Public


When Imagination Goes Public
When Imagination Goes Public

Lot Project

Knitting the Commons


Civic Center Commons

Opening Date

June 12, 2017


In Development


Knits for Life


Trust for Public Land
Recreation and Parks Department
San Francisco Public Works
Asian Art Museum
San Francisco Main Public Library


Discretionary Funds from Local Foundation

Knitting the Commons together with yarn tree wrapping

Knitting the Commons is a temporary art project that aims to ‘knit’ together the Civic Center Commons (the Commons), the new name for Civic Center Plaza, United Nations (UN) Plaza and Fulton Street in between the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Main Public Library.

Working closely with Civic Center stakeholders, Trust for Public Land and Knits for Life developed the large yarn tree-wrapping art installation to accomplish the goal of uniting the Commons with playful, visual elements. Knits for Life, an artist-sister-duo, is leading the design and installation with input from the community. The installation stands to remain for up to two (2) years.

The installation will arrive in the Commons in two phases:

  • Phase 1 will ‘knit’ the space together with brightly colored bands (yellow, red, blue – Civic Center Commons colors) on trees throughout the Commons during June 2017.
  • Phase 2 will bring three clusters of Land, Sea and Air Creature themed trees to each of the three spaces. The theme was decided by the public through in person and online voting during the month of June. Phase 2 will be installed in August 2017.
  • The artists will be out in the space throughout the month of June on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to explain their process to the public and answer questions about the installation. More information on these demonstrations is available under Updates.

    This project is part of the Civic Center Commons Initiative which aims to bring new experiences, workforce development and social service partnerships in an effort to unite the open spaces in the Commons. One of the goals of this Initiative is to add visual unite the three public spaces. Knitting the Commons is the first of many efforts to make this goal a reality. For more information on the Civic Center Commons Initiative, visit civiccentercommons.org





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