Huge Sculptures Dot Crissy Field

Wednesday, May 22, 2013  |  Updated 5:51 PM PDT
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Huge Sculptures Dot Crissy Field

PHOTO IS FFROM THE GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVANCY WEBSITE

This is one of the sculptures you will find the next time you visit Crissy Field

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An art exhibition at San Francisco's Crissy Field featuring eight large steel sculptures created by a local artist is opening to the public today.

The sculptures, which are up to 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide, span decades of work by Mark di Suvero and are on display thanks to a partnership between the National Park Service, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the non-profit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Located at 1199 East Beach, the yearlong exhibition is free to the public and comes in advance of SFMOMA's extended closure starting June 2 for construction on the museum's expansion.

During the closure, which will last until 2016, the museum is holding off-site exhibits such as the one at Crissy Field.

"This exhibition will give us an opportunity to further explore how art can create a new understanding and appreciation for a historic landmark like Crissy Field," Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent Frank Dean said in a statement.

"The fact that di Suvero is a sculptor with local roots and influences adds another dimension to the story," Dean said. Di Suvero, who turns 80 this year, moved to San Francisco when he was 7 years old and attended the University of California at Berkeley, according to park officials.

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