Adolph Sutro bust coming to City Hall

The City has commissioned a bust of Adolph Sutro for placement in City Hall. A sculptor’s scale model, otherwise known as a maquette, is on public display at the Cliff House overlooking the Sutro baths until Jan. 4, 2010.

Sculptor Jonah Hendrickson, who was one of three artists who created the Harvey Milk sculpture at City Hall, is the artist behind the Sutro bust.

The project has the approval of the Arts Commission and the City Hall Preservation Commission. Donations to make the sculpture a reality are being solicited. About $60,000 is needed for the project and $10,000 has been raised so far.

Adolph Sutro is described as a Prussian born-gold rush engineer and hydrologist and San Francisco’s first Jewish mayor.

The project is sponsored by the United Humanitarian Mission, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create tributes and monuments in and around the Bay Area, “honoring those that have risked their lives for the freedom and safety of others.”

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