Last week, PIER 39 unveiled their newest piece of art, one of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s Hearts in San Francisco sculptures. The 2014 “heartwork” by artist Patrick Dintino, is titled “Open Heart” and is permanently located on Level 1 at the picturesque Bay End of Pier 39.

“PIER 39 is iconic to San Francisco, as are the hearts that we see throughout the City,” said Connie Shanahan, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Each year, artists create new hearts to support the City’s only Trauma Center. We are thrilled to have this heart on display, and to welcome PIER 39 into our family of corporate supporters. It is through their generous support that the Foundation is able to fund vital programs and initiatives at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.”

“Open Heart” was hand-painted by Dintino, a San Francisco native whose mother’s life was saved more than a decade ago by open heart surgery. “‘Open Heart’ represents the larger idea of love and understanding self-concept – of opening our hearts and seeing what’s inside, what makes us tick, “ shares Dintino. “It symbolizes the openness of our City’s heart, as well as the idea of falling in love with and leaving your heart in San Francisco.”

The Foundation is accepting design submissions from artists interested in creating a Hearts in San Francisco “heartwork” for the 2015 series. Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 1. For more info or to apply, please visit:  http://sfghf.org/events/create-a-heart/

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