Visit PIER 39's Open Heart
PIER 39 is home to Open Heart, part of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s “Hearts in San Francisco” collection, launched in 2014. The collection supports the vital programs and initiatives of San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.
“PIER 39 is iconic to San Francisco, as are the hearts that we see throughout the city,” said Sue Currin, former CEO of The General. “Each year, artists create new hearts to support the city’s only trauma center. We are thrilled to have this heart on display here, and to welcome PIER 39 into our family of corporate sponsors. It is through their generous support that San Francisco General Hospital Foundation is able to fund vital programs and initiatives at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.”
Open Heart was hand-painted by local artist Patrick Dintino, a San Francisco native whose mother’s life was saved more than a decade ago by open heart surgery. “Open Heart represents the larger idea of love and understanding self-concept—of opening our hearts and seeing what’s inside, what makes us tick,” said Dintino. “It symbolizes the openness of our city’s heart, as well as the idea of falling in love with and leaving your heart in San Francisco.”
PIER 39 is conveniently located along the San Francisco Bay waterfront, where the Embarcadero meets Beach Street, and adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf. The PIER is easily accessible via San Francisco Muni's historic F-Line street car or the 8X, 8BX, 39, or 47 bus lines. San Francisco's famous cable car lines also drop off a few short blocks from The PIER.