Red + Gold

Brit Howard

Howard is originally from Los Angeles and moved to San Francisco at age 16 and attended the Academy of Art University, where she majored in sculpture and minored in printmaking. The work of her college days had a moody, punk aesthetic. It was a time she describes as “angsty, fueled by listening to Tool.” What’s ironic is Heart of a Giant is a far cry from Howard’s other pieces, which still carry that darker, edgier tone.

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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2024 Hearts