A New Park, A New Sculpture


Now that I”ve got your attention, the sculpture really isn’t new. It was created by artist Finley Fryer in 1999 for the Burning Man Art Festival, where this 18 ft. tall bell diver covered in old 45 rpm records first made his appearance as ‘Stan, Submerging Man.’ Recently created, Victoria Manaolo Draves Park, sits on Folsom between 6th & 7th…Keep reading >>

Let the ScrapEden Diaries Begin…


The Black Rock Arts Foundation installation at Burning Man 2006, ScrapEden BRC, was an incredible success. The Scrap Shack itself looked like it was pulled off the roadside in Anywhere, Montana. The whole exhibition space, scribed by a shallow split rail fence, filled up with works by 44 contributing artists who hauled their pieces into the expansive dust of Black…Keep reading >>

Workshop Dates: Aug 6th & Aug 13th

As many of you already know, this year the Black Rock Arts Foundation is embarking on an exciting new on-playa project, ScrapEden BRC. We are inviting participants to contribute in a variety of different ways and scales. One of our goals is to arrive at a critical mass of many small sculptures, thereby giving the idea of ground cover, or…Keep reading >>

Pre-playa ScrapEden Workshop in SF

This year at Burning Man the Black Rock Arts Foundation is creating, ScrapEden BRC, a collaborative garden installation populated by garden-inspired sculptural elements created from re-claimed, re-purposed and re-cycled materials, and all citizens of BRC are invited to participate! To date we’ve received word of 15 projects that will be coming to BRC for collective exhibition, but we want more!…Keep reading >>

Major Set Back for ‘Dreamer’ in Golden Gate Park

This just in from BRAF’s Executive Director: Leslie Pritchett….. It is with real sadness that I report that the temporary exhibition of Pepe Ozan’s ‘Dreamer’ in golden Gate Park must be postponed for the foreseeable future. We’ve been working for more than a year to bring this installation to San Francisco. The piece was stored after it’s initial exhibition at…Keep reading >>

ScrapEden, Black Rock City — a project of the Black Rock Arts Foundation

Scrap: n. Discarded waste material, often metal suitable for reprocessing.Eden: n. A delightful place, a garden, a paradise. Scrap Eden: n.1. A delightful garden made of re-claimed discarded waste material, often metal suitable for reprocessing.2. Black Rock City’s First Participant-Based Community Garden, created by the community for the community3. A project of the Black Rock Arts Foundation This year the…Keep reading >>

A ‘Dreamer’ in Golden Gate Park


Yes, a our purple friend is coming to roost. The above is a digital mock-up of Pepe Ozan’s, ‘Dreamer’, in Golden Gate Park. The actual installation will be slightly closer to the road, the head a more face-forward orientation. Pepe Ozan’s, ‘Dreamer’, originally created for Burning Man 2005, will soon be installed for a 6 month temporary exhibition in Golden…Keep reading >>

Imagine the Way! There is Hope!

And this hope may be most effectively embodied in Pepe Ozan’s ‘Monicacos de Esperanza’. These ever-playful “Rag Puppets of Hope” have made their way down to San Francisco’s India Basin Shoreline Park as a part of the new Blue Greenway — a 13 mile greenway/waterway network along SF’s southern waterfront between China Basin and Candlestick Park. Three pilot sites along…Keep reading >>

‘Passage’ Opening Dedication

June 16th marked the opening dedication of both Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito’s sculpture, ‘Passage’, and the newly rennovated breakwater which is now a public access pier — Pier 14 allows residents and visitors to San Francisco to walk some 637 feet out into the bay for 360 degrees of stunning views. Without the hard work, bood, sweat, and…Keep reading >>

‘Passage’ Installation, Act Two

A crew of incredibly dedicated volunteers has been working (literally) day and night to complete the installation of ‘Passage’ on the SF Waterfront at Mission & Embarcadero. A huge thanks to the cast and crew who have made this feat possible! Welders Phil and Steve, working on the base of the child figure. Artist Karen Cusolito and key play Steve…Keep reading >>

‘Passage’ Installation, Act One

The installation of ‘Passage’ has begun on the San Francisco Waterfront — Embarcadero at Pier 14 Passage Site Mother Figure Artists Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolitogaining some perspective as one of the Mother’s arms is attached. Mother’s arm deftly attached by core crew member Steve 23!

‘Passage’ prepares for Installation

That’s right! Dan das Mann and Karen Cusolito’s monolithic mother and child sculpture, originally created for last year’s Burning Man event, ‘Passage’, has arrived in the East Bay where it is being re-furbished in preparation for temporary six month installation on the San Francisco Waterfront. The exhibition is part of a continuing model put forth by the Black Rock Arts…Keep reading >>