Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

This weekend we had the opportunity to appreciate the controversial outdoor exhibition of eight impressive large scale steel sculptures by artist Mark di Suvero at their temporary home at the historic Crissy Field through May 26, 2014.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

This exhibition is the first off-site projects that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has scheduled while its building is closed for a major upgrade.

Mark di Suvero was born in Shanghai, China in 1933 from Italian parents and came to San Francisco in 1941. In 1960, Mark di Suvero was injured in a fatal accident while working for a construction company that left him with a broken back and paralyzed. This terrible accident didn’t stop his dreams and during his rehabilitation and in his wheelchair he learned a welding technique and focused all his attention on sculptures using large construction materials to create over sized and bolder sculptures.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Many of his sculptures rotate giving the overall forms a considerable degree of motion. Di Suvero does most of the welding, cutting, and crane work himself.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Each sculpture has an introductory panel with information about each artwork. You can  listen to the audio or watch a video through your phone!

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Regarding to the controversy about whether or not the sculptures are considered “beautiful”  I think that the concept of beauty is relative and art by definition is open to diverse interpretations, perceptions and opinions. I really enjoy this outdoor art exhibition of dynamic steel sculptures located in a place with such spectacular views!!!

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Mark di Suvero sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. On March 2, 2011, he received the 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

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Crissy Field: 1199 East Beach, San Francisco, CA 94129
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Check out Mark di Suvero sculptures at Crissy Field this Summer!!!

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria 😉

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Visiting Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory

Today we visited Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory in Petaluma, CA. It is the oldest and largest sticker company in the United States and the world’s only sticker factory tour.

Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory

We visited the factory a few years ago and the store and tour space is now reduced due to space and storage challenges. Actually the tours ended and the retail sticker store was closed for some period of time in 2011. Even though the tour area and the store is a lot smaller I’m very happy that we can still have the opportunity to appreciate how many people, technology and equipment it takes to create a sticker.

Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory

The tour takes about 45 minutes. It starts with an informative five-minute video in a small room followed by a guided walking tour of the factory floor. Besides their decorative stickers you can also see Paragon Labels, their daughter company printing elegant and beautiful labels. The labels are for different products and wine bottles from prestigious wineries like Francis Ford Coppola, Viansa, Sebastiani, St. Supery, B.R. Cohn, Iron Horse and Domenichelli among others.

Due to confidentiality agreement with the wineries, photography is not allowed in the factory. Sorry, no pictures of the factory.

During the tour you can watch stickers being printed while you learn some facts during the stops of the printing process. 1) Printing, 2) Rewinding & Finishing, 3) high-speed Packaging, 4) Recycling, it was very interesting to know that Mrs Grossman have received different awards for her compromise with the environment and everything in the building is recycled. 5) Hot Foil Stamping & Embossing and 6) the impressive Laser-cut. This is the only system of its kind in the world that cuts the more delicate and detailed stickers.

We saw a few dogs walking in the building. Mrs. Grossman’s is a dog-friendly workplace and employees can bring their dogs in the factory.

Once the tour is finished you can go back to the video room and create a sticker postcard project.

Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory

We didn’t know there was so much work in the production of a sticker!

If you are ever in Petaluma, this is a fun short tour to make. Just make sure you call in advance for reservations.

We had fun, learned a lot and got inspired by Mrs. Grossman’s story!

Have a Happy Day!!!

Victoria 😉

Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory
Website: http://www.mrsgrossmans.com/
Tour Days/Times:  Monday through Thursday, 10:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 2:00.
No walk-ins. Strollers are not allowed on the factory tour.
Reservations Required: 800.429.4549
Admission: Adults – $7.00, Youth under twelve – $5.00, Children under three – Free

Address: 3810 Cypress Drive, Petaluma, CA 94954
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