City to Demolish Furniture Art Building, Regardless of Artist's Crusade

So you remember the iconic furniture art building we wrote about yesterday? It turns out the city is going to be demolishing the building whether the artist Brian Goggin restores it with $75,000 in donations or not.

Goggin tells us the original plan was to just demolish the building with the 13-year-running art installation named Defenestration. Goggin instead approached the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency for permission to keep the installation up until an interested developer gets the permits to build the planned affordable housing on the Sixth and Howard lot. After that, Goggin can take his installation elsewhere — or it, too, will go down with the wrecking ball.
Isn't that a huge disappointment? Not necessarily. Goggin says the art installation at first was only slated for a six-month run when it went up in the 1990s, but has persisted for 13 years. He added that the year and a half until the building will be coming down is longer than most temporary installations.

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