A CA Mission as Giant Flat Pack Toy

A CA Mission as Giant Flat Pack Toy

Mark Moore Gallery is thrilled to announce the completion and unveiling of Yoram Wolberger’s   ‘CA Mission’(2011), the artist’s first major Public Art Commission for the Millennium Partners Collection  featured in the “Millennium Tower” (San Francisco, CA).

photo via Stanley Chang

This commercial development will serve as the largest residential development project in the history of San Francisco. Located at 301 Mission Street, the collection within the tower will feature artists with significant relationships to art schools and institutions in the Bay Area. This will be the only permanent collection in San Francisco specifically illustrating these significant relationships. Millennium Partners continued this provincial curatorial vision in the public space by commissioning Yoram Wolberger to create a major site-specific piece that grappled with the complex history of the 18th and 19th century California Missions.

An over-sized translucent fiberglass model of a mission model is suspended upon the atrium wall, creating a ghostlike structure that retains the flashing and flaws indicative of mass-production. These artifacts allude to the faults of manufactured idealism as well as the mythic romanticism behind a shared convoluted history.


Says the artist, “The ‘CA Mission’ project is connected to my previous work in how it exposes the imperfect faces and icons of cultural ideals. While my enlarged plastic miniatures and chrome sports trophy figurines exaggerate the essential ideas of heroism, patriotism, physical prowess and beauty that drive our economy,*CA Mission* taps into similar concepts through a more discordant narrative. California students are instructed to build models of these missions in elementary school; these models inherently refer to a painful period in the history of Native Americans, despite the shrouded treatment of their stories.”

CA Mission, 2011 / Reinforced Fiberglass, Steel, Urethane Paint
H18 ft x L 14ft x 6 in
“Millennium Tower”” Public Art Commission (San Francisco, CA)

Image via Mark Moore Gallery.

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Kreysler & Associates were the fabricators  of this piece.

Below photos via Kreysler & Associates