Photo by Francess Santos
A free large-scale outdoor exhibit featured more than 400 photos in four locations surrounding the future Presidio Tunnel Tops site in San Francisco. The Presidio Partnership, working with Photoville, a New York-based nonprofit, opened a free My Park Moment photo show on September 1, which celebrates people from all walks of life who love their parks.
The outdoor show will run for a year as part of the opening of the new Presidio Tunnel Tops, 14 acres of new parkland with trails, scenic lookouts, picnic sites and an interactive play area for kids. children. Tunnel Tops opens in spring 2022 in the Presidio, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the most visited national parks in the country.
A distinguished committee of photographers, artists and community leaders selected the more than 400 photos presented from over 7,000 photo submissions from amateur and professional photographers from across the country. The images capture the beauty of the great outdoors and the joy that time spent in nature can bring, as well as the social and cultural bonds that are part of the park experience. The photos are displayed at four sites at the Main Post and Crissy Field, surrounding the future Presidio Tunnel Tops site: the main Anza Street Parade Ground, the Sports Basement, 1180 Old Mason Street, and the Presidio YMCA.
Engage the community
My park moments emotionally evocative images portray a wide range of authentic park experiences, from a family reunion on the beach, to iconic national park landscapes, to neighborhood life. While all of the photos are of professional quality, the majority of the “Community Photography” category was taken by everyday visitors from across the country celebrating their own unique experience in the park. The project focused on community collaboration starting with the submission process for the competition, which was piloted and tested for feedback with several leaders of community organizations.
“The photo exhibit builds on our continued collaboration with the community to create the tops of the Presidio Tunnels, which we hope will be welcoming and inclusive for all,” said Michael Boland, Presidio Park Director Trust. “The My moment park the photo exhibit activates the park now while previewing the new park experiences that Tunnel Tops will offer.
“Photography is a universal language that allows everyone to tell their own story. The opportunity for these stories to be displayed publicly is invaluable, ”says Laura Roumanos, executive director and co-founder of Photoville. “We are delighted that this show represents such a diversity of gender, class and race in one of the most beautiful national parks in the country.”
A special section of the show’s youth pavilion features images selected by eight “community youth curators”. The eight young conservatives were recruited by officials from the Crissy Field Center; they spent time exploring what it means to curate public art in places like San Francisco’s Mission District, the Box Shop in the Bayview neighborhood, and the Presidio. “The fact that they come from all over the Bay Area and view the Presidio as their park represents the values that have been incorporated into this spectacle and the peaks of the Presidio Tunnel as well,” said Mark Yanez of Golden Gate National Parks. Conservancy, who helped lead the team of young community conservators with Jessica Lie from Parks Conservancy.
Visual History Award Winners
In the Visual Story Award category, participants submitted a collection of 8-10 images and the winners received a cash honorarium. The winners are from the San Francisco Bay Area and their stories describe the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and political events of the past year. Yuxing Liu’s black-and-white images “capture fragments of American life and the magical power of the park” for ordinary people in Alamo Square Park in San Francisco. Sheilby Macena’s black and white photos depict “the resilience, joy, movement and divinity of Oakland” at Lake Merritt Park. Francess Santos’ footage shows her two young boys enjoying the outdoors in the Presidio. Marissa Leshnov photographed the Oakland OMies, a community of black women who promote wellness, mindfulness and healing through yoga. She says, “Parks continue to be a place of refuge, where a sense of community and a sense of wonder can be revived.
My moment park Panelists
A group of people from a wide range of artistic backgrounds in the Bay Area selected the photos featured in the exhibit. Among them, Jacqueline Bates, director of photography for California Sunday Magazine and Ephemeral magazine; Sergio De La Torre, associate professor at the University of San Francisco; Isaac Haney-Owens, artist with explored creativity; Ben Moon, Art Director, Instagram; Nicole Frugé, visual director, Chronicle of San Francisco; Bruce Getty, agency owner and photographer; Moanalani Jeffrey, agency owner and photographer; Sean Uyehara; Jackie von Treskow of the San Francisco Arts Commission; and Monetta White, Executive Director, African Diaspora Museum.
An exhibition guide, route map and virtual exhibition listing all photographers are available on the website at PresidioTunnelTops.org
Partnership for the Presidio
The My moment park photo show and the Presidio Tunnel Tops initiative are projects implemented by the Presidio Partnership, which aims to bring the experiences of national parks and the many benefits they offer closer to where most people live, in urban areas. Two federal agencies operate the Presidio: the Presidio Trust and the National Park Service with support from the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Together, the partnership supports the natural beauty of the Presidio, preserves its history, sustains its funding, and creates inspiring national park experiences for all.
Presidio Tunnel Tops
In 1993, Bay Area leaders, planners and citizens were faced with the need to replace the seismically hazardous Doyle Road, which cut the Presidio in half as it made its way towards the Golden Gate Bridge. . A vision of building the highway in tunnels and reconnecting the park by creating new lands above their peaks was presented and the Presidio Tunnel Tops project was born. Hundreds of hours of community engagement with over 10,000 participants helped shape the final design of the site. James Corner Field Operations, the company behind High line, was selected as the design partner. This exciting new project enables the Presidio Partnership to provide new national park experiences to Bay Area residents and serves as a gateway to the larger Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the broader National Park System. Presidio Tunnel Tops will offer scenic vantage points with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city, trails and gardens, a welcome plaza with food and visitor services, a campfire ring, picnic areas, etc. It opens in spring 2022.