Coit Tower 80th Birthday Party & Art Show

WHAT:          On October 8, 1933, San Franciscans gathered together atop Telegraph Hill to celebrate the creation of a beautiful new addition to the city landscape that would transform it forever.  It was on that day that the Coit Tower, designed by Arthur Brown, Jr., was officially completed and dedicated, a simple fluted tower rising high into the sky.  Thanks to the fabulous generosity of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who so generously left a third of her estate “to beautify the city I have always loved,” Coit Tower became and has remained a symbol of San Francisco’s creative spirit and artistic independence from that day in 1933 until today.

This October 8, San Franciscans will once again gather together to celebrate the Coit Tower spirit and Lillie’s generosity.  There will be a “Happy 80th Birthday Coit Tower” gathering in the morning at Coit Tower with relatives of Lillie Hitchcock Coit and some of the original Coit Tower artists blowing out the candles on a giant Coit Tower birthday cake.  In the evening there will be an 80th Birthday Party & Art Show at the Live Worms Gallery in North Beach.  The art show will feature rarely-seen artwork from some of the original Coit Tower muralists and new Coit Tower inspired-art by talented working San Francisco artists such as “All Over Coffee” creator Paul Madonna, sculptor Daniel Macchiarini, photographer Dennis Hearne, and graphic artist John Mattos.
WHO:             Descendants of Lillie Hitchcock Coit
                        Sons and daughters of the original Coit Tower muralists
                        J.D. Beltran, President, San Francisco Arts Commission
                        Tom DeCaigny, Executive Director, San Francisco Arts Commission
WHEN & WHERE:              Tuesday, October 8, 2013
10 AM:  “Happy 80th Birthday Coit Tower” News Conference
in front of Coit Tower
                        6PM – 9PM:  Coit Tower Birthday Party & Art Show
at Live Worms Gallery, 1345 Grant Avenue, San Francisco


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