Market Street Prototyping Festival
Gensler/Turner Construction Exchange Portals
CONCEPT Exchange Portals was a temporary installation and collaboration between Gensler, Turner Construction, and six Bay Area artists that experimented art in public space as part of the Market Street Prototyping Festival. The project centered around six temporary scaffolding structures, or portals, each interior of which showcased a new work of a Bay Area artist based on their choice of San Francisco neighborhoods. The outer walls of each portal provided a frame for engagement and public moments on a blackboard surface.
Kari Marboe's Exchange Portal focused on the connection between San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean by playing with pressure systems and the movement of memories. When picking out a neighborhood to work with, Marboe had a deep desire to bring the ocean to Market Street. The water and sand in her piece were borrowed from Ocean Beach.
SITE Gensler/Turner Construction Exchange Portals (Market Street between 3rd and 4th), Market Street Prototyping Festival : In April 2015, Market Street transformed into a public platform, showcasing exciting ideas for improving our famed civic spine and how we use it. Winning entries, as diverse and exciting as the people of San Francisco themselves, were brought to life for three days along Market Street’s sidewalks, where millions of pedestrians from all walks of life will have the chance to experience, explore, and interact with the prototypes.