French Sculpture La Rose des Vents by Jean-Michel Othoniel

Finally Takes Up Permanent Residence
in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park


Nine months after it was initially scheduled to be permanently installed to coincide with Golden Gate Park’s 150th-anniversary celebrations in April 2020, the glistening gold sculpture returns to its place in front of the Conservatory of Flowers. It was first installed in September 2015 by 836M in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Arts Commission. In February of 2020, it was removed to prepare its exterior cladding along with the construction of a new base for its forever home.

The kinetic gold and aluminum sculpture by renowned French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel will resume its prominent place in the Park and the Conservatory’s flowerbeds, after a long delay brought about by Covid-19, as a highly visible treasure to be enjoyed by San Franciscans and visitors alike for decades to come.

The re-gilding was placed in the capable hands of Nancy Thorn, owner of Gold Leaf Studio in Portland, who worked on the project at Atthowe Fine Art Services in Oakland. The permanent installation in Golden Gate Park took place on December 9 & 10, and there will be an official and public dedication ceremony in 2021.



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