Windows Into the Art

Josh Zubkoff and Looking Up Arts

Josh Zubkoff is an artist whose versatile work explores the intersection of pop culture and profound meaning. He is the Creative Director and Co-founder of Looking Up Arts, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization dedicated to large scale art installations. His focus is on public art, seeking to expand the place of art in daily life and to find innovative ways to bring interactive art into the public sphere. His monumental sculpture “Rainbow Bridge” was featured in Art Basel Miami after debuting at Burning Man 2018, and featured at EDC Las Vegas, BLINK Cincinnati, EDC Orlando, and Liverpool’s River of Light. His 2017 installation “Phoenicopterus Rex” debuted at Burning Man 2017 and received coverage from Rolling StoneUSA TodayNational GeographicW Magazine, and more. Along with his team at Looking Up Arts, Zubkoff built the Pink Torch used since 2020 in a ceremonial procession leading to the lighting of the Pink Triangle atop Twin Peaks. Zubkoff received his Studio Art degree from UCSB in 2003.

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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