In the Works - Community Newsletter In the Works April 2017 - Page 41

Daggett Street, a short, underused stretch of roadway near the crossroads of 16th Street and 7th Street, has blossomed into a vibrant, landscaped public plaza with a large lawn area, a whimsical art piece, a fenced-in dog run and other amenities to serve families living in the surrounding Potrero Hill, Dogpatch and Mission Bay neighborhoods. Creation of this one-acre community gathering place had been owned by the state and now belongs to the City. The developer of the adjacent parcel, Equity Residential, built the public plaza and agreed to maintain it in perpetuity. Public Works was instrumental in guiding the process to transform the space and provided construction management and inspection oversight of the public infrastructure improvements during the construction of the plaza. Alongside contractor Robert Obayashi Construction, our staff oversaw the backfill and grading of the parkland, sewer installation and testing, landscape planting and irrigation, concrete and sidewalk work and more. A highlight of the plaza is the public arts component. The San Francisco Arts Commission worked with artist Adriane Colburn to create a permanent sculpture that speaks to the history of Mission Bay. Shadow Kingdom is comprised of five stainless steel panels featuring imagery depicting the rich array of flora and fauna once found in the area. When viewed from a distance, the sculpture takes the shape of a California grizzly bear, a species that last roamed San Francisco in the mid-1800s. As the sun arcs across the sky, these once common species are projected as shadows back onto the terrain they once inhabited. Mayor Ed Lee and District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 19 to mark the official opening of the new plaza. Public Works staffers also were on hand to join in on the community celebration. April 2017 - San Francisco Public Works Newsletter