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By Brittany Doohan

[Photo via Haighteration]

Gold Chairs Runneth Over Near the Castro District

We know you’ve seen them — nine bronze painted chairs planted ever so curiously by the N muni stop on Church and Duboce, near Castro, San Francisco. So, what the heck are they doing there? What you may have thought to be some sort of prank or protest is actually an art piece, paid for by our lovely city.

In response to the community’s plea for more seating near the train stop, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the Department of Public Works joined forces with artist Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe to create the ultimate solution: a permanent public art installation called Domestic Seating.

[Photo via Haighteration]

Domestic Seating is comprised of nine cast metal replicas of domestic chairs donated by local residents. “The artwork involves an exchange between the private and public. To me it is a way to create a shared experience amongst the residents and commuters,” said the artist, according to the SFAC website. Suarez-Wolfe had planned to create these chairs out of salvaged Muni track metal, but because the metal was impure, he decided to use bronze instead.

“The tactile quality of Primitivo’s chairs, the way he captures the texture of worn wood or the softness of a pillow in solid metal, is impressive,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny, according to the SFAC website. “The installation of these intimate and familiar objects in an unexpected environment inspires the viewer to create stories about the former domestic existence and owners of these chairs. We’re happy these new additions to the neighborhood will provide a place for rest and enjoyment for years to come.”

What do you think about these new chairs in our beloved Gay San Francisco?

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