Mark di Suvero is an abstract expressionist whose industrial-scale art graces public spaces and museums around the world. Widely recognized as one of the great living American sculptors, di Suvero was born in Shanghai in 1933 and immigrated to San Francisco in childhood. His first port of entry was San Francisco’s Pier 40, now the site of South Beach Park and di Suvero’s 70-foot, 10-ton steel sculpture, Sea Change.
Sea Change was installed in 1995 to serve as a kinetic gateway to the refurbished South Waterfront of the San Francisco Bay. Over years of exposure to direct sunlight and moisture, the paint coatings blanched and in some instances failed, exposing the metal to sea air. ARG Conservation Services worked with San Francisco’s Arts Commission and Redevelopment Agency to provide conservation treatment to Sea Change. Using an aerial boom lift, staff removed debris, cleaned the sculpture, and renewed the paint coatings to match the artist’s original color and rejuvenate the vibrant work of public art.