O Glorious City: New Work by Jeremy Fish

Jeremy Fish is the first artist in residence at San Francisco’s City Hall. To celebrate the building’s centennial, he created 100 drawings in 100 days.

Jeremy Fish is an internationally known artist, but he is especially beloved by his adopted hometown, San Francisco. His 600-pound Silly Pink Bunny sculpture was a landmark of the Lower Haight neighborhood for years (before it was destroyed in 2013, to make way for new construction).

And San Francisco loves him right back. So to celebrate the centennial of another famous San Francisco landmark, San Francisco City Hall (completed in 1915, after the original municipal building was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire), he was commissioned to create 100 San Francisco drawings in 100 days.

Fish says, “As San Francisco City Hall celebrates its centenary birthday I wanted to document 100 things all San Franciscans should love about their city.”

The title of the series, O Glorious City, is from a text written by former San Francisco Mayor Edward Robeson Taylor and inscribed on City Hall’s rotunda: “San Francisco, O glorious city of our hearts that has been tried and not found wanting, go thou with like spirit to make the future thine.”

Watch the KQED video below to learn more—and check out the 100 drawings on display at City Hall through March 25, 2016.

November 25, 2015