City Librarian seeks sculpture demolition

City Librarian Luis Herrera is asking the Library Commission Thursday to support the demolition of a 1960s Jacque Overhoff brick sculpture inspired by Medgar Evers, a civil rights activist who was assassinated in 1963.

The sculpture is part of the existing Bayview/Anna E. Waden Branch Library. The library plans to tear down the branch library and build a new one in its place and the sculpture, the library staff says, does not fit into that plan.

“After a careful study of potential options, Library staff recommends that the Overhoff sculpture not be inserted into the design of the new Bayview Branch Library,” says a Sept. 28 Herrera memo to the commissioners. “Staff will recommend that the Library Commission approve a resolution 1) directing staff to initiate the legal 90 day notice process which gives the artist an opportunity to claim and remove the brick sculpture at his own cost and 2) urging the Arts Commission, in the event that the artist or another party does not remove the brick sculpture, to deaccession the piece and approve the demolition of the sculpture in conjunction with the demolition of the current Bayview/Anna E. Waden Branch Library.”

On Thursday, at 4:30 pm at the San Francisco Public Library, the Library Commission will meet and vote on whether to support the recommendation.
 

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