Heart of Rocks, with Love

Barbara Bussler

Barbara Anne Bussler was born and raised in the 1960s in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Through art classes in school and traditional crafts at home, she tried a wide array of techniques and materials over the years but found her real passion in creating mosaics. Since taking an introductory course in Half Moon Bay in 2001, Barbara has made and studied mosaics intensively, taking classes in the U.S. (at IMA under Laurel True and at the yearly American Mosaic Conference) and in Italy (to study the traditional Ravenna Method under Luciana Notturni, as well as contemporary mosaics under Giulio Menossi and Dino Maccini). Her mosaic work incorporates mixed media, including discarded, collected, or recycled materials as well as precious glass or gold smalti. She is a member of the Full Spectrum Mosaic Artists of Silicon Valley, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, and the Deutsche Organisation fuer Mosaikkunst, and a regular volunteer at FabMo in Sunnyvale.

Hearts in San Francisco Project

The Hearts in San Francisco project debuted in 2004 with 131 heart sculptures, created by local Bay Area artists and auctioned by the Foundation in support of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

The Foundation raised nearly 3 million dollars for ZSFG in that first year. Today, we carry on this tradition by commissioning and auctioning a new set of hearts each year. The funds raised support those delivering on the promise of accessible and equitable health care for all in our city.

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See all of the 2023 Hearts

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