Finalists announced for San Francisco Veteran Memorial

The finalists to design the San Francisco Veteran Memorial were announced yesterday at an event at Memorial Court. The memorial was planned in the 1920’s but was never installed in 1936 when the Memorial Court between the War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building was completed.

Hundreds of artists from across the USA answered the call to design a memorial last summer. The list was narrowed down to three artist teams and according to the Daily Journal the finalists are:
  • Lee Norman is teaming up with Scott Slaney and Ricardo Supiciche of SWA Group.
  • Larry Kirkland and J. Douglass Macy. Kirkland who have collaborated in the past.
  • Susan Narduli with landscape architect Andrea Cochran

The three design team finalists will submit their proposal to the Veterans Memorial Committee in spring of 2011 with the final artist to be announced in May 2011. With the formal dedication in November 2013.

SOURCE: Daily Journal

Westborough Park to receive $2 million improvements

Westborough Park in the center of South San Francisco is about to get a $2 million facelift and playground equipment. The funding will come from development fees set aside for the project.

San Francisco Examiner reports

The city is currently outreaching to architecture firms for proposals to do the park improvement work.  They’ll accept proposals until the end of November, City engineer Ray Razavi said.

A landscape architect should be hired by early 2010, he said………..South San Francisco officials hope to have the upgrades completed by the spring of 2011.

[SOURCE: San Francisco Examiner – South City park to receive $2 million improvements]

Topher Delaney on the Healing Power of Gardens Lecture 24 Sept.

Free Public Lecture September 24th by Environmental Designer and San Francisco Arts Commissioner, Topher Delaney will discuss her work at a free public lecture, “Focus on the Garden,” September 24 at UC Berkeley Extension’s Art and Design Center in San Francisco.

Delaney will also teach a new course this fall at UC Berkeley Extension, “Value: The Exploration of Cultural and Spiritual Meanings in Landscape Design.” The course, which begins September 28 in San Francisco, offers lectures by Delaney and other experts on the fundamental concepts of the history, aesthetics, and spiritual and political implications of garden and landscape creation. Guest speakers will include Father Tom Lucas, Professor of Art at USF, and Ms. Jonie Palmer, Ph.D. candidate at University of Colorado, and others.

The free public lecture, “Focus on the Garden,” will be held on September 24 from 5:30-6:30 pm at UC Berkeley Extension’s Art and Design Center, 95 Third Street in San Francisco. For more information or to sign up for this free event, please visit

SOURCE: UC Berkeley Extension