San Francisco officials will unveil a new public art installation Thursday morning that celebrates the city’s sister relationship with Haifa, the third largest city in Israel.
The ceremony is scheduled for 11am on Pier 27, where the artwork will be revealed. The work celebrates a sister-city relationship that began in 1973, and expected attendees include San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell and several officials from Haifa.
The work, titled "Point of View," consists of two lighthouse-like structures, one installed along the waterfront in each city. The statues have periscopes that connect to cameras in the other structures, allowing users to see the other city thousands of miles away.
"In addition to the values of compassion and inclusion that we share, San Francisco and Haifa are now connected by this remarkable work of art that allows visitors to travel through space and experience the views for which each city is known," Farrell said.
The installation is dedicated to the memory of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died unexpectedly late last year. He championed the sister city relationship, believing it "would foster greater knowledge of and understanding between our two communities," according to Kate Patterson, director of communications for the San Francisco Arts Commission.