The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (SFGHF)’s 19th annual Hearts in San Francisco art project has announced details for their 2023 show. This year’s exhibition will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) with 35 unique heart sculptures created by a diverse array of local artists.
The 2023 series will consist of 6 large hearts, 8 tabletop hearts, and 10 mini hearts as the project’s “core series,” which will be on display at the Ferry Building starting in January. In addition to these, featured artist Sirron Norris will create an additional large heart, and another 10 will be created specifically for the ZSFG anniversary and SF City Hall gala on February 9. All 35 hearts will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the SF General Hospital Foundation.
This year’s artists for the core series have already been announced, ranging from large-scale artists such as Charles Gadeken (whom you may know from Golden Gate Park’s Entwined enchanted meadow) to an ICU nurse and elementary school students. “[This year’s artists] include professional and amateur artists working across a variety of mediums, all coming together to showcase the diversity, resiliency, and vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area community,” said Kim Meredith, CEO of SFGHF.
ZSFIG ICU nurse Nora King hopes to bring out art’s therapeutic qualities in her piece titled Open Heart, which features an anatomical heart design surrounded by bright rainbow colors. “After spending the past two-plus years taking care of Covid patients in the ICU, I feel like there is some calm and brightness in the air after the storm of this pandemic,” she said.
After nearly 2 decades, Hearts in San Francisco has become one of the most widely recognized public art projects in the country. Since 2004, over $32 million in proceeds has gone to the Foundation to benefit Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The famous project is responsible for many of the permanent heart sculptures around the city, which you can explore with this interactive map.
Make sure to catch Hearts in San Francisco on display at the Ferry Building starting in January 2023 — more details TBD.