As part of the GOOD Cities Project, our ongoing look at how we make our cities and our cities make us, we teamed up with Ford to commission artists from around the country to create visual love letters to the cities they call home. For the month of November, this artwork has been shared on digital billboards throughout each artist’s city. By celebrating the cities that inspire them, these renowned and emerging artists have explored fundamental ways to lead meaningful urban lives.
A city has many possibilities—it’s a wide open landscape inspired by the heritage, folklore, and traditions of its inhabitants.
Though our backgrounds may define us, a city can just as easily define us, becoming a part of who we’ve been, who we are, and who we will become. For San Francisco-based artist Ala Ebtekar, the notion of culture’s impact on community is a major focal point not only in his practice as an artist but also in his personal life. As part of The GOOD Cities Project, we collaborated with Ebtekar to create a visual love letter to the city of San Francisco, and recently spoke with him about his artistic practice, his relationship with the Bay Area, and what he had planned for his love letter.