Project Description

Sgt. Macaulay Park is located at the corner of O’Farrell and Larkin Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin Neighborhood. The park is named in honor of a local police sergeant fallen in the line of duty in 1982. Sergeant Macaulay Park is one of only a few playgrounds in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. The park serves as an important resource for the many children and families living in the Tenderloin, but was recently ranked in the bottom 6 of all 135 playgrounds in San Francisco. A diverse population of nearly 40,000 people live within a 10-minute walk of Sergeant Macaulay Park. With only 12 acres of park space, there is less than one acre per 3,000 residents of the Tenderloin.

Call for Artists – June 2019 

We are currently seeking qualified artists to create artwork for Sgt. John Macaulay Park in the Tenderloin Neighborhood of San Francisco. This project is being commissioned by La Voz Latina, a program of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, in collaboration with the Lower Polk Community Benefit District with privately raised funds to include art elements into the park.

Art elements identified in this RFP include:

Mosaics pieces: 

1) Seat wall 6” wide, thin, linear design

2) 4’ diameter Medallion dedicated to the women of La Voz Latina

Gateway Entrance Must be designed and fabricated to fit existing gate footing


Eligibility is open to professional, practicing 3-D and placemaking artists or teams of artists working within the San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

Artist or artist team should have prior experience with public place-making and design and fabrication, with particular attention to durability and reasonable maintenance. Artist or artist team will need to demonstrate prior project experience moving a public place-making art project forward through the concept design phase collaborating with design consultants to develop technical drawings, fabrication, installation, and working with the community in some capacity on design and fabrication, and installation.