Presidio Habitats was the first site-based art exhibition conceived for a national park. An international group of artists, architects, and design specialists were invited to submit habitat proposals for specific animal residents of the Presidio. From the 25 submissions received, 11 were selected as commission projects to be fabricated and installed in the Presidio landscape. The projects were situated in the Fort Scott District of the park with dramatic views of the Golden Gate. An indoor exhibition in a pavilion designed by Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects provided background and context for the project, and presented all 25 of the submissions received.
Visitors on self-guided walks were invited to experience the habitat installations as well as explore the Presidio’s diverse landscapes — historic forests, a community garden and nursery, stunning vistas overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate, stately historic neighborhoods, and a hidden creek.
In addition to the artist commissions listed below, proposals were presented by Jeffrey Berkus Architects, CMG Landscape Architecture, Topher Delaney, Design Ecology, Amy Franceschini with ALITE Designs, Anya Gallaccio, Fritz Haeg, Walter Hood, Michelle Kaufmann, Rigo 23, John Roloff, SIMPARCH with Deborah Stratman, Mark Thompson, and Bruce Tomb and David Tomb.
- Ai WeiweiWestern Screech Owl Habitats
- Philippe Becker DesignWinged Wisdom
- CEBRASculpture Habitat for the Gray Fox
- Chadwick StudioHabitat for Anna's Hummingbird
- Mark Dion with Nitin JayaswalWinged Defense
- Fritz HaegAnimal Estates Snag Tower
- Ogrydziak/Prillinger ArchitectsExhibition Pavilion
- Surface Design Inc.A Habitat of Flight
- Taalman Koch ArchitectureOwl Dome
- Installation Views
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