Esmeralda Slide Park Art


Esmeralda Slide Park, between Prospect Ave. and Winfield St., is uniquely positioned along a public stairway in West Bernal. It is not only a thoroughfare for local neighbors, but also a destination for travelers from SF and beyond (see NY Times). We have an amazing double slide, a landscaped hillside, and a plaza with benches, and a picnic table.

We'd like to bring Public Art to Esmeralda Slide Park. A couple of months ago, the concrete Plaza was demolished to install an underground irrigation system for the Park. Joan Carson and Nancy Windesheim (local artists/neighbors) asked the City if they could design a mosaic tile inlay for the newly-poured Plaza. Permission was granted, but with no committed funds.

They designed a 9 ft. diameter inlay, "The Locator",  to be installed in the Park's plaza.
The Park is adjacent to the middle of three stairways leading from The Mission to the top of Bernal Hill. The mosaic tile design will be directional signage. "It is our response to the navigational challenges we’ve witnessed when people come and go from Esmeralda Slide Park."

The above photo shows the "concept"  of The Locator superimposed on a photo of the Plaza pavement.

The design features a compass surrounded by "Esmeralda Slide Park" with arrows pointing in 4 directions: Cortland Ave., Bernal Hill, Downtown, and Mission Street. The color blue signifies the sky, the greens represent open space and trees, and the textured grey rings suggest the surrounding urban landscape. The exterior smooth grey surface is temporary and will be completed to complement the mosaic tile and surrounding concrete aggregate.

Our target of $14,000 is for the fabrication and installation of the mosaic by Rachel Rodi, a leading professional in the field of "mosaic art”. Her firm, Rachel Rodi Mosaics, is based in the Bay Area and creates mosaics throughout Northern California and beyond. Her recent projects include outdoor murals, fountains, garden mosaics, and playgrounds.

The sooner we reach our target, the sooner we can arrange with the artist and the City to get started. Once scheduled, Rachel will need several months to fabricate and install the mosaic.

Here in West Bernal, we are very lucky to have Public Open Space. There is a lot of community involvement as documented in Bernalwood and SF Chronicle. Joan and Nancy are active volunteers who dedicate their time and energy taking care of Esmeralda Slide Park as if it were their own. As professional artists, Joan and Nancy are passionate about bringing functional art to Esmeralda Slide Park. "The Locator" will create a memorable experience for people when they visit.
Picture this mosaic inlay at Esmeralda Slide Park Plaza and, by donating, know that you helped put it there!

Thanks to the fiscal sponsorship generously provided by the Laborers' Community Service And Training Foundation (EIN # 26-1092178), your donations will be tax-deductible.
So, please donate now.

Thank you for your generous donation.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Nancy Windesheim 
San Francisco, CA
Joan Carson 
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