Discover a new sculpture along a familiar trail, have an unexpected artistic interaction with a historic site, or explore a new part of nature expressed through the eyes of an artist. Art in the Parks exhibits site-specific works within public spaces, providing these kinds opportunities for reflection about nature and the unique culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. The program hopes to make the appreciation of art an essential component of the visitor experience in our world-class national parks.

This initiative is a partnership program of the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Headlands Center for the Arts.

For more information on the Art in the Parks program, email: Art@parksconservancy.org

Interested in bringing more creativity to the parks? Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)


Current & Ongoing Exhibits

Spire by Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy, Spire >>
Presidio Trust and the FOR-SITE Foundation
This sculpture reaches 90 feet in the air. Like most of Goldsworthy’s work, Spire was constructed out of objects already existing in nature.

Andy Goldsworthy's Tree Fall

Andy Goldwsoworthy, Tree Fall >>
Made from the trunk of a tree from the Presidio Parkway project, Tree Fall introduces a different side of Goldsworthy’s work, bringing nature indoors. Presented by the Presidio Trust and the FOR-SITE Foundation

Wood Line

Andy Goldsworthy, Wood Line >>
Presidio Trust and the FOR-SITE Foundation
Wood Line winds its way down a historic grove in the Presidio. Goldsworthy took this eucalyptus canvass and created this sculpture.

Headlands Center for the Arts

Headlands Center for the Arts >>
The Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary and international art center located in the Marin Headlands, and provides a community of support for growing artists and arts enthusiasts through activities, programs, and events.

Mark DiSuvero sclupture

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field >>
Dancing across Crissy Field are eight massive steel sculptures by Mark di Suvero, shown together for the first time in the Bay Area.

Macbeth

We Players, Macbeth >>
“The Golden Gate bridge soars overhead, the city skyline flickers – join us for a full sensory immersion into Macbeth’s Scotland as it collides with Civil War era and modern day San Francisco.”


Past Exhibits

Dee Hibbert Jones, Brush Pile Sculpture

Dee Hibbert Jones, Brush Pile Sculpture >>
Artist Dee Hibbert-Jobes, with the help of UCSC students, created a 172’ sculpture made of brush. The pile curves through the landscape, providing habitat for native birds, preventing trailblazing and enhancing the coastal trail.

Lovers Lane in the Presidio, photo courtesy of the Presidio Trust

Jeannene Przyblyski, A Lover’s Line >>
Artist and art historian Jeannene Przyblyski’s self-guided audio tour A Lover’s Line takes its listeners into a journey down Lover’s Lane.

Lands End

Jeannene Przyblyski, Comings & Goings >>
Artist and art historian Jeannene Przyblyski interactive piece takes its visitors on a journey through time and space.

Presidio Habitats

Various Artists, Presidio Habitats >>
Presidio Trust and the FOR-SITE Foundation
Eleven international artists, designers, and architects created the first exhibit to be shown within a national park.

Fort Point

Various Artists, International Orange >>
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2012, International Orange brought together 15 contemporary artists under the name of the unique color.

Alcatraz Residency

We Players, Alcatraz Residency >>
We Players participated in an artistic residency on Alcatraz from 2009–2011. Many themes that arise in their classic performances were wonderfully manifested in the local history.

Hamlet on Alcatraz

We Players, Hamlet on Alcatraz >>
During their three year residency on Alcatraz, We Players performed their rendition of Hamlet. We Players provided an opportunity to collide this literary tragedy with the park’s history.

We Players, Iphigenia and Other Daughters

We Players, Iphigenia & Other Daughters >>
As a part of their residency on Alcatraz, We Players performed Ellen McLaughlin’s modern adaptation of the legend of Agamemnon, Iphigenia and Other Daughters.

Macbeth

We Players, Macbeth >>
We Players discovered an elegant mixture of San Francisco history and Shakespearean works in their first performance of Macbeth at Fort Point. The setting of the former military site was perfect for the  cackling witches and the vengeful King of Scotland.


The Art in the Parks program is a cooperative parkwide effort of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, Presidio Trust, and the Headlands Center for the Arts.


Contact Information

art@parksconservancy.org