If you want to learn more about the Bay and “visit” some of the sites that are generally inaccessible to the public, the multi-media exhibition “Back to the Bay: An Exploration of the Marginal Zones of the San Francisco Bay” at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts may be for you. Prepared by the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), the exhibit examines 50 Bay-side sites with maps, satellite imagery, photographs, text, and other media. Industrial zones, waste grounds, and wildlife habitats are all represented. Some of the “other media” include Bay Nature’s own StillHere with “Bay Timewarp,” a presentation of historical maps that give an overview of the Bay’s ecological transformation over the past two centuries; filmed excerpts of the Bay’s past (including construction of the Bay Bridge) from the Perlinger Archives; and an 18-by-20-foot walkable floor map that shows a scaled, aerial view of the Bay. The exhibit runs through November 4. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at Mission and Third Streets in San Francisco. For more information, call (415) 978-ARTS or log on to www.YerbaBuenaArts.org.
Bay Nature magazine ◦ October-December 2001