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Presidio Habitats: Living with Nature
by Maria Porges

A multi-part, site-specific sculpture installation in a national park? As improbable as this sounds, such an exhibition has been on view in the Presidio of San Francisco since May 16, 2010 and continues through May 2011. Eleven works, placed in carefully chosen locations, are intended to support or encourage animal and bird life in the park. Thirteen additional project proposals are housed in a handsome, light-filled temporary pavilion (made from reclaimed shipping containers) designed to introduce this ambitious endeavor to visitors.

Mark Dion with Nitin Jayaswal, Winged Defense, 2010.
Reclaimed cypress and terra-cotta tiles, plywood, and steel; house: 4 x 5 x 3 ft.

Photo: Monique Deschaines / For-Site Foundation



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