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Hearts in San Francisco

The Hearts in San Francisco project debuted in 2004. Under the leadership of Nancy Bechtle and Ellen Magin Newman, 131 beautiful and inspired heart sculptures were created by local Bay Area artists. For three months, these hearts were placed on display throughout San Francisco for the public to enjoy, before being auctioned.

Surpassing its original goal, Hearts in San Francisco raised nearly $3 million for the Foundation. The project generated a new level of exposure for the Foundation’s mission, as well as Zuckerberg San Francisco General’s vital role in our community as a provider of life-saving care to anyone in need, regardless of ability to pay.

The Foundation is incredibly grateful to all who were involved in helping to bring the Hearts in San Francisco project to life. From those on the planning committee to the talented artists, as well as our generous corporate sponsors, thank you. Most importantly we thank the entire San Francisco community for opening its heart to our Hearts.

The success of Hearts in San Francisco led to the creation of the Heroes & Hearts and Hearts After Dark events. To view the collection of Hearts in San Francisco sculptures, visit our Gallery of Hearts. To find the Hearts in the city, view our map.

 

 

Locations of the Heart Sculptures

Hearts in San Francisco sculptures can be spotted throughout the City and beyond! Use our map to see how many you can find! It includes several urban hike challenges - ranging from 1 to 7 miles long. Follow one of our paths, adapt them, or create your own HeartsofSF-warming walk! To share the love, tag us on Instagram at @sfghfoundation with the hashtag #heartsinsf!

All of the 'heartworks' are privately owned and some are in easily discovered locations, such as the lobbies and storefronts of our generous corporate supporters, others are at the homes of private individuals. Out of respect for the privacy of our donors and supporters, we are unable to release a list of private locations for the hearts. But if you look closely around the City, we're sure you'll be able to spot several. The most recognizable Tony Bennett’s heart titled, America's Greatest City By the Bay resides permanently on the corner of Powell and Post Streets in San Francisco’s Union Square. Enjoy!