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SFSU gives 'High 5' to new de Young Museum

October 21, 2005

Photo of the landscape near the de Young Museum that features sod and earth-filled metal frames that take together look like a basketThe landscape at left, designed by alumna Ann Chamberlain, is part of "High 5," an outdoor sculpture festival celebrating the opening of the new de Young Museum in San Francisco and presented in part by the SFSU International Center for the Arts.

The landscape, created with new sod, is derived from a Native American basket in the museum's collection. It is on display in the dell area across from the Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park, near the museum.

"High 5," open through Nov. 7 across the city, features works by five Bay Area artists, including art Professor Lewis De Soto.

San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Botanical Garden are the other presenters of "High 5."

The International Center for the Arts, established earlier this year with a $3 million gift from alumni George and Judy Marcus, celebrates some of the world's most innovative art and artists, with a focus on documentary films and visual art. Drawing upon a global pool of talent, the center creates a venue for artistic creation, a laboratory for established and emerging artists, a training resource, access to the professional arena, and a point of intersection inspiring innovation for students and the general public.

The Marcuses were among the major donors and fundraisers for the new de Young Museum, which opened Oct. 15 amid much fanfare. Its 47,500-square-foot Garden of Enchantment bears their names. George Marcus served on the committee to rebuild the museum.

-- Matt Itelson
Photo: Jakub Mosur


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