Commissioned by Unison for a year-long installation at Pier 14 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero waterfront, Welcome Tower (2019) is a reconceptualization of one of the most iconic symbols of San Francisco, Coit Tower, in an exploration of the evolving identity of San Francisco. Welcome Tower re-imagines this iconic landmark using reclaimed solid wood front doors from residences throughout San Francisco’s architecturally diverse neighborhoods.
Sean Orlando managed the fabrication of the monumental steel frame, while co-Lead Artist Tania Seabock’s decorative painting and gold-leafing graces the exterior of the piece. Artists from the Five Ton Crane Arts Group contributed miniature vignettes, viewable through the doors’ peepholes, that exemplify life in San Francisco.
Gold leaf crown and detailing
24 reclaimed doors
7 Five Ton Crane peephole vignettes