Zak Ové’s Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness in Civic Center Plaza

British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové’s Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness installation of 40 identical resin and graphite figurative sculptures will be on display in Civic Center Plaza in the summer of 2018. First exhibited in London, this army of statuesque 6.5 feet tall black masked figurines is an exploration of identity, beauty and power in the African diaspora and serves as the work’s American debut.

As part of the Civic Center Initiative, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and in partnership with the Recreation and Parks Department, is funding the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) to bring this monumental temporary art piece to City Hall’s front steps.

Civic Center Plaza has served as a platform for grand sculptures including Zhang Huan’s Three Heads, Six Arms in 2010, Choi Jeong Hwa’s Breathing Flower in 2012 and Amanda Parer’s Intrude in 2016. Ové will be the first artist of African descent to mount a commissioned temporary art installation in Civic Center Plaza.

Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness will be open to the public starting July 2018 and will be up for viewing for four months . Read more about this ambitious installation on SFAC’s website and learn more about the artist’s work on his website.

Visitors Celebrate Civic Center Tree Lighting

UPDATE: For information on the 2019 Civic Center Plaza Tree Lighting, Wednesday, December 4, 4-7pm, visit this page.

Original post in 2017: On December 5th, 2017, San Francisco brought the holiday cheer during the Civic Center Tree Lighting in Civic Center Plaza.

As snow (of the manufactured variety) fell from the skies, host Honey Mahogany emceed, providing entertaining banter between performances which included vocalist and X-Factor finalist Jason Brock; a cappella glee club Scales of the City, San Francisco A Cappella, and some wildly exuberant dancing by The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees as well as members of Boxcar Theatre‘s Speakeasy.

What holiday event would be complete without visits from Christmas VIPs such as The Great Dickens Christmas Fair‘s Scrooge and Ghost of Christmas Present? Not to mention the man-of-the-hour — Santa himself — was in attendance.

Visitors cheer as the tree lights, photo courtesy of CCCBD.

With drinks for kids of every age and hundreds of toys given away courtesy of the San Francisco Police Department, smiles were in abundant supply amid a chilly evening as the City’s central gathering place welcomed the holiday season in style.

If you missed the grand event, fret not, the tree is in Civic Center Plaza through the holidays for all to enjoy. How do you know this is a true San Francisco tree? If you look closely enough, you might think it leans left.

The event was sponsored by the Civic Center Community Benefit District, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Public WorksSan Francisco Recreation & Parks DepartmentAnother Planet Entertainment, and Civic Center Initiative.