Created and Sold by Mary Chomenko Hinckley

Mary Chomenko Hinckley

““Ocean Beach Fossil””

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Mary Chomenko Hinckley’s “Ocean Beach Fossil" (1988) is a cast 7-foot diameter bronze medallion inset into a sidewalk on Pacheco Street and the Great Highway in South San Francisco. The bas-relief sculpture depicts the history and “contemporary archaeology” of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. In it are embedded words and objects associated with the environs and its history with words such as Sir Francis Drake, Cliff House, Sutro Baths, Playland, Carville, Costanoan Indians and iconic beach artifacts such as a lost flip-flop, sunglasses, a crab and sea kelp. Commissioned by the City and County of San Francisco, 1992.

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Mary Chomenko Hinckley

Mary Chomenko Hinckley

Portland, OR

Mary Chomenko Hinckley is a sculptor, glassworker and picture maker. Monotypes, photographs, paintings, cast paper, bronze and resin have all been employed in making images and objects in her studio life over the past 40 years. Recently, glass has proved to be an intriguing, tangible, malleable material with an inherently rich color palette. The transformation of glass through cutting, crushing, melting, and fusing, creates new and enthralling visual relationships. Hinckley employs whatever medium necessary to resolve the tension and cohabitation between culture and the natural world.
Represented by Augen Gallery, Portland, OR

Available for commission/custom work