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Mark Brest van Kempen, \
Mark Brest van Kempen, "C. 1700", site view, 12' X 7 X 80', 1999

Mark Brest van Kempen, 1999   Mark Brest van Kempen, "C. 1700", proposal, computer generated imagery on paper, 20' x 30', 1999
Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "C. 1700", detail, 1999
Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "C. 1700", detail, 1999
Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "C. 1700", installation view from street, 1999
Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "C. 1700", animals found at site, 1999
Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "C. 1700", animal remnants and remains found at site, including Sea Otter bones and Red Legged Frog, 1999
Mark Brest van Kempen

C. 1700

Our cities pay homage to certain human beings and certain human events with site specific monuments but rarely if ever is homage paid to the plants and animals that once lived where our cities now stand

The San Francisco Civic Center area was originally marshy dunes where from the Hayes Valley River among other streams gathered in the basin, creating a habitat for a wealth of marsh plants and animals before emptying into the northern end of Mission Bay (which is now completely filled).

This project temporarily resurrects the original ecosystem of the Civic Center site. A 12 by 80 foot native marsh is juxtaposed with the buildings, streets and sidewalks of present day Civic Center

Animals previously found on the site were exhibited in window display space adjacent to the site. These animals included the now extinct Xerces Blue Butterfly, the endangered Clapper Rail and Pacific Sea Otter.

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