What do Hayes Valley and the Playa have in common? Very little. But one piece of public art is coming back to change that.

The San Francisco Arts Commission in partnership with Burning Man have announced that they've commissioned artist David Best to bring back his popular Hayes Valley Temple. That wooden structure was the first public art to grace Patricia’s Green back in 2005, and these pictures are of that structure, our best clue as to how the new temple will appear.


Best is known for his massive, decorative structures which he calls temples and chapels. These are built and then, you guessed it, burned at Burning Man in the Nevada desert. The artist was born in SF in 1945. He attended the College of Marin for his BFA and the San Francisco Art Institute for his MFA.

The new Temple at Patricia’s Green will be 37-feet high and about 15-feet wide, larger than the previous incarnation which was just 25-feet high. Best usually works with recycled wood sheets, discarded from making toys or punch-outs. As before, and as is true of Best's other work, the piece is meant to be a canvas. People are encouraged to write personal notes to loved ones on the temple walls.

“When we finish the temple and turn it over to the community it is an empty building," Best explains. "They bring their [m]others... they bring their best friends, their weddings and their celebrations to it. And then it becomes something. It has no life until the community brings that life to it."

Hoodline indicates that work on the Hayes Valley Temple will begin next week. Weatherproofed, it will be made to stand for one year. Assuming no one burns it down.

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