Design Selected for S.F. ‘Comfort Women’ Memorial


The “comfort women” memorial design features three girls representing the victims and an elderly woman representing the survivors.


SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Visual Art Committee has selected the final design for the San Francisco “Comfort Women” memorial, it was announced last week.

The design by renowned sculptor Steven Whyte was among more than 30 applications that were submitted for the “Call for Artists.”

The memorial, to be installed in the St. Mary’s Square park annexation (500 Pine St.) at the crossroads of Chinatown and the Financial District, will depict three girls on top of a cylindrical pedestal, representing the victims from different parts of the world, and a grandma figure representing the survivors who are continuing their struggle for justice and dignity.

It will be accompanied by a plaque that explains the history of “comfort women” and its meaning today.

The design differs from that of a similar memorial in Glendale’s Central Park, which depicts a young Korean gir