Gary Bukovnik’s heart is inspired by his affection for San Francisco and his generally joyous outlook on life. The poppies are a symbol of California’s beauty, they fly freely only lightly confined by the red ribbon-like bands Gary frequently uses in his paintings to define boundaries. Here, they allude to the AIDS pandemic, a tribute to many friends now gone.
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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About the Foundation
The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation is proud to help the people who heal people, supporting ZSFG caregivers in their aim to provide the very best care to all who walk through their doors.