Bernadette Jiyoung Frank partners with SF Arts Commission on Fire Station No. 5 Public Art Project

July 2019

Bernadette Jiyong Frank‘s art, FLOWspans the entire glass curtain wall of the fire station suggesting the transient nature of time from past to present. The work offers a reflection on space and time while expressing a positive outlook on the future. Translucent layers with alternating hues of green and blue gently overlap horizontally and create abstract, geometric patterns of light. The design intends to be timeless and alludes to the San Francisco Bay with a water surface in constant motion. 

Symbolizing water, the main resource for fighting fire, FLOW projects a calming presence to the fire station, reinforcing the protection the fire fighting force provides to the community. The dynamic geometry of the angled layers hints to the alertness and velocity of the fire protection force. The artwork can be perceived from the exterior as well as from the interior. The frit layers provide increased privacy to the interior sleeping quarters and can help to minimize the use of shades. The gentle waves of translucent layers filter light through, welcoming pleasant atmospheric color into the interior space.