Come celebrate the passage of the New Year at the Technicolor Zen Garden! Stationed outside the Asian Art Museum at the corner of Larkin + Fulton, this multi-sensory garden draws influence from scientific and cultural practices of mindfulness, meditation, and compassionate behavior. Inspired by Japanese Zen Gardens, Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains ( and Stanford’s Center for Compassion Altruism Research and Education (, this colorful 2,000+ sq. ft. enclosure will feature five unique activities including:

  • Vanishing drawing board
  • Breath exercise
  • Zen – inspired rake garden
  • Tea lounge (sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library)
  • Collaborative photo mural

Stop by anytime between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 5th.

And, while you’re in the area, make sure to check out the Asian Art Museum- it’s free that day, as is street parking (double, triple score!)

Featuring Local Artists: Ben Snyder + Marie Applegate (
Commissioned by: Asian Art Museum + Civic Center Commons Initiative


The Art/Lit Living Innovation Zone is a new work of public sculpture developed as part of the Living Innovation Zone (LIZ) program. Designed by a team of youth in the Architecture Program at Youth Art Exchange, the students were inspired by dragons, a mythological creature found in the art and literature of many different cultures and time periods. Their dragon is decorated with a myriad of patterns found on artwork in the collections of the Asian Art Museum. Over the next two years, the intended life of the project, the sculpture and area around it will be programmed with activities and new mural openings.