Trinity Properties Reveals Plans for Art-Filled Piazza in Mid-Market District; 92-Foot Centerpiece, Venus, by Lawrence Argent, Will Stand at the Heart Of Trinity Place’s C’era Una Volta

The unveiling of Venus at 8th and Market Streets is scheduled for Summer 2016. Trinity Properties, San Francisco’s leading residential real estate developer and a pioneer in the revitalization of the Mid-Market area, is pleased to announce plans for a large public piazza in the heart of Trinity Place, the 1,900-unit apartment complex on 8th Street between Market and Mission streets. The one-acre piazza, which will also serve as a new walkway between Market and Mission streets, will become the permanent home of a singular collection of sculptural art designed by renowned artist Lawrence Argent. The centerpiece of Trinity Place’s piazza will be a spectacular 92-foot stainless steel sculpture, Venus, which is only slightly shorter than the Statue of Liberty as measured from heel to crown. The installation in its entirety is entitled C’era Una Volta – “Once Upon a Time.”

Trinity Place -- located in the heart of San Francisco’s burgeoning Mid-Market district, home to tech innovators Twitter, Square, Dolby Labs and Uber -- is the vision of legendary San Francisco real estate developer Angelo Sangiacomo, who purchased the 4.5-acre site in 1977, began construction of Trinity Place in 2007 and welcomed the first residents in 2010. Sangiacomo, who passed away in December 2015 at the age of 91, was an early catalyst of the dramatic changes in the Mid-Market area. He created the piazza and its art collection as a lasting gift to his beloved San Francisco.

“It’s very exciting to see Angelo Sangiacomo’s vision come to fruition at Trinity Place nearly 40 years after he purchased the site,” said Walter Schmidt, CEO of Trinity Properties. “Angelo loved San Francisco and knew that the Mid-Market area had the potential to return to the grandeur of its heyday. This was his final project, and a very personal one. His wife, Yvonne, and their seven children are committed to continuing Angelo’s work at Trinity Properties to bring Trinity Place to life.”

Trinity Place comprises four high-rise apartment buildings designed by the internationally-acclaimed architecture firm Arquitectonica. Bernardo Fort-Brescia, co-founding principal of Arquitectonica, took advantage of the rare opportunity to design a residential development that takes up an entire city block. His team pushed the four residential buildings to the edges of the property to create the inner piazza, which will not only house the C’era Una Volta art collection, but will serve as a public gathering place that will add a new dimension to the rapidly emerging Mid-Market neighborhood.

Trinity Place’s piazza will be open to the public during the day, so that upon completion people can stroll from Market Street to Mission Street through the park-like, art-filled setting. Argent has crafted an enchanting mosaic walking path nearly 50 yards long that extends onto the sidewalk near the corner of Market and 8th streets, inviting pedestrians into the piazza.

The centerpiece of C’era Una Volta is the astonishing Venus, Argent’s modern interpretation of the Venus de Milo. Venus will stand 92 feet tall, slightly shorter than the Statue of Liberty (111.5 feet as measured from heel to crown), and will be 35 feet wide at the shoulders. Graceful and expressive, the statue is made of 2,500 stainless steel panels welded together by skilled artisans using a highly specialized technique that renders all seams undetectable. The sculpture will be meticulously assembled at Trinity Place with the aid of a large tower crane. An unveiling is anticipated in the summer of 2016.

“The idea of replicating the Venus de Milo came from a classical idea – an icon – that has been revered and respected for centuries. Venus at Trinity Place became this whirling object manifesting like a genie in a bottle coming out of the ground,” said Argent, explaining his design. “Angelo’s taste was very classical, and I wondered how we move that into 2016. My passion is interpreting the classical through technology, and Angelo and his family had faith in what I designed.”

Argent is known for large, fanciful works including the 40-foot Blue Bear at the Denver Convention Center and Bunny Foo Foo, a 35-foot stainless steel rabbit in full leap that greets visitors at Hall Winery in St. Helena.

Other salient pieces at Trinity Place include a modern interpretation of The Three Graces set among scattered stones opposite a decorative wall reminiscent of a quarry in Pietrasanta, Italy. Throughout his career as a developer, Sangiacomo was known for incorporating gorgeous marble into all of his buildings. Over the years, he developed deep relationships with family-owned quarries in the artist colony of Pietrasanta. Visiting these quarries with Angelo and his wife, Yvonne, Argent was inspired to create modern adaptations of classic pieces. The emergent sculpted fragments that represent The Three Graces are meant to evoke images of treasures slowly unearthed at an excavation site. In homage to the universality of art’s transformative powers, Argent has included granite blocks from every continent in the collection.

A 20-seat Carrara marble table, carved from a single 23-foot slab, welcomes people to gather for lunch or meet friends in the lively piazza. To give the table “movement” and create the sense of gathering at a friend’s home, a “ripple” across the marble table top appears to be an unsmoothed billow in a large tablecloth.

Seven-foot glass bollards with illuminated hollow centers will serve as dramatic showcases for sculptures within the glass. The decorative bollards, weighing 10,000 pounds each, will be located along the intricately designed mosaic path connecting Market Street to Mission Street.

At the 8th Street mid-block entrance to the site, residents and passers-by will encounter a nine-foot white marble dove, dramatically perched on a black granite pedestal. The gates between Phases 1 and 2, facing Mission Street, form an intricate bronze pattern that replicates the street map of Genoa, Italy, in honor of the Genovese region, the ancestral home of the Sangiacomo family.

“When I was offered this magical commission, I realized this project is not only unique because of all the components and how to place them within the space, but of extreme significance both as Angelo’s gift to San Francisco and as an enduring legacy,” noted Argent. “I loved that Angelo had a passion for materials. It’s rare to have a client so thoroughly knowledgeable about stone and marble.”

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About Trinity Properties

Founded by Angelo and Yvonne Sangiacomo in the early 1960s, Trinity Properties is a visionary, San Francisco-focused family business that has created an exceptional portfolio of beautiful rental properties across the City. Sangiacomo’s passion for award-winning architecture, building, people and the city of San Francisco has been carried on by his family and their many talented professionals and partners. Trinity strives to secure sites in San Francisco’s most coveted neighborhoods, and designs contemporary homes at competitive prices with consistent customer care. A pioneer in the redevelopment of San Francisco’s Mid-Market District, Trinity owns Trinity Place on 8th Street between Market & Mission Streets.

Trinity Place comprises four high-rise apartment buildings designed by the internationally-acclaimed architecture firm Arquitectonica. Phase 1 was completed in 2010 and Phase 2 in 2013, and each has been fully occupied since opening. Phase 3 is scheduled for completion in March 2017. With San Francisco facing an ever-increasing housing demand, the completed complex will provide a mix of 1,900 junior one-bedroom apartments, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments. The more than 230 Trinity Place apartments offered below market rate are integrated throughout the four high-rises and feature the same beautiful finishes as the market rate units.

Trinity’s understated and elegant apartments feature quality finishes, generous walk-in closets, modern kitchens with high-end appliances and stone countertops, large windows, high ceilings, and solid soundproofing. Trinity Place offers active city-dwellers every convenience, including fitness centers with the latest cardio and strength training equipment, laundry rooms on every floor, lobby and resident lounges with Wi-Fi, more bike storage than other residential buildings of similar size, front desk associates and 24-hour courtesy patrol. With more than 65,000 square feet of planned retail space, Trinity Place will provide convenient access to an array of the city’s best dining, shopping, and other services, further contributing to the revitalization of the Mid-Market neighborhood.

About Arquitectonica

Arquitectonica is an architecture, interior design and planning firm that began in Miami in 1977 as an experimental studio. Led by Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear, the studio has evolved into a worldwide practice, combining the creative spirit of the principals with the efficiency of delivery and reliability of a major architectural firm. With projects in over 60 countries, Arquitectonica’s work spans several continents, from projects such as schools and universities, resorts and casinos, hotels, luxury condominium towers, retail centers and office buildings to specialized projects such as a U.S. Embassy, opera house/symphony halls, museums, courthouses, multipurpose arenas and convention centers, airports and transportation centers, television studios and several bank headquarters

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Source: Trinity Properties

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