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Take Part - Is There Room in San Francisco for San Francisco? 2018-2021

With Take Part, Bik Van der Pol seek to create a shared public vision of the city by anchoring discussions about its past, present, and future, as well as its challenges and opportunities, to a tangible object—a thousand-square-foot scale model of San Francisco built in the late 1930s—at the city’s 29 public libraries. Take Part involves a multitude of voices in discussions and inviting participants from diverse backgrounds, skills, and ages to infuse the scale model with their perspectives. Public libraries, the primary site for the project, were once and continue to be a core infrastructure of public culture in the United States. Take Part explores the potential of the public role of these hubs for citizenship and communal gatherings, and pillars of public life.

Take Part - Is There Room in San Francisco for San Francisco? is a project by Bik Van der Pol, commissioned by Public Knowledge at SFMOMA in partnership with San Francisco Public Library.

see also: this website

Tectonic economic, technological, and cultural shifts are transforming the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Take Part - Is There Room in San Francisco for San Fancisco? , the project by Bik Van der Pol started in 2018. After cleaning, inventorising and photographing every part, the model had its first public moment with a public program in collaboration with and in San Francisco Public Library, from January 25-March 25, 2019. Sections of the model were publicly exhibited throughout the 29 library branches: each neighborhood on display in its corresponding library, including the twenty-seven neighborhood branches, the main branch, and the temporary branch at SFMOMA.
Meanwhile, David Rumsey published the scale model online: he created a composite image of the digital images WPA SF Model and also built the database of all the pieces: large map, Luna Database, all 158 parts to the Model and the large map, and blogpost David Rumsey.

Events and programs have been developed according to each neighborhood’s interests and focus on key themes, broadly related to publicness and civic participation. see calendar for complete list of events. Everyone was invited to participate in Reading the Model and gather around the model, the Department of Memory to discuss the city’s and neighborhood's hidden pasts, Modeling the City to discuss urgent topics, Bicycle Tours to connect the whole city and the site-specific Library Programs.
The next public manifestation of the project was expected 2020, but had to be put on hold due to covid.

see also:
Public Knowledge
Talk at ShapingSF Model SF: Collectively Shaping the City
Talk at SFMOMA Public Knowledge Library: Take Part: Collective Aesthetics at SFMoma
2018 Artist in Residence in Headlands Center for the Arts

Launched in April 2017, Public Knowledge aims to promote public dialogue on the cultural impact of urban change. The multifaceted Public Knowledge initiative explores the meaning of these changes for civic discourse, the circulation of knowledge, and the role of libraries and museums.Through artist projects, research collaborations, public programs, and publishing, it builds new connections between ideas, individuals, and communities. Public Knowledge is based in San Francisco and takes place at multiple locations in the city, bringing together makers, thinkers, and writers from a wide range of disciplines to contemplate together the stakes involved in maintaining public access to the tools of knowledge production, dissemination, and circulation. Commissioned projects include work by: Burak Arikan, Minerva Cuevas, Josh Kun, Stephanie Syjuco, and Bik Van der Pol.