San Francisco / Brian Goggin Project Restore Defenestration


After 13 years the Defenestration Project was in need of a Refurbistration. The restoration process was extensive and turned out to need significant investment in materials, equipment rentals and local artist labor. It took a year, considerable support, and the help of numerous people, organizations and businesses. Here is a list of those who helped with the Refurbistration (if we have forgotten anyone please let us know by emailing us at: There are many others who contributed in many ways and we are grateful to them all. In many cases, some of those who volunteered their time to help build the piece fourteen years ago were back working together on the restoration. Without the funding that came from generous donations we would not have been able to complete the project. We hope you have a chance to visit Defenestration again and see the result of our mutual effort. The lights are shining again after dusk.

“Defenestration” has served San Francisco and the neighborhood. First it brought a whole community together and inspired them to rise together to overcome incredible difficulties to create it. Then it brought needed attention to one of the most blighted neighborhoods in San Francisco. Since its installation, it has been recognized by press from around the world, won numerous awards including one from San Francisco Beautiful. An art gallery has opened across the street and several neighboring buildings have been upgraded or replaced. A good case could be made that Defenestration was a turning point for a neighborhood – and an example for others who seeks ways to inspire positive change.

John Voldal, one of the members of the local community who originally helped Goggin create the piece writes: “Defenestration shows every sign of withstanding the test of time and is no less relevant or interesting than it was on the day it was completed. In a town famous for short attention spans, people’s enthusiasm for this piece has only grown over the years. Everyone loves Defenestration. It’s one of the things that make us glad we live in San Francisco, and makes visitors glad they came. Its good for San Francisco, and it should be preserved.”





Refurbistration Credits:

Artist: Brian Goggin

Producer: Jeremy Sugerman

Engineering: Mark Sinclair, Degenkolb Engineers

Rigging Consultant: John Law

Project Manager for Fundraiser: Carrie Nardello

Lead Refurbistrators:

Moses Grubb, Matthew Johnston, Valery Leavy, Catherine Morgan, Dan Raimond


Allison ‘Sandwich’ Barden, Lady Bee, Bigdaddy, Paula Blacona, Shane Clark, Charmaine Davis, Chris Edmunds, Patrick Goggin, Christine Heath, Scott Klemmer, Walter Laing, Loid Mongoloid, Andy Moraga, Geoff Morris, Melinda ‘Jade’ Palasek, Morgan Raimond, Laird Rickard, Jonah Roll, Dennise Romay, Dan Romo, Lucila la García Sáez, Bobby Sarnoff, Brian Saxsenmeier, Free Stevenson, Flash Hopkins, Shalaco Sching, John Voldal, Bryon Waibel, August Wood, Stephanos X

Major Sponsors:

Banksy, Boedecker Foundation, Tom and Karen Mulvaney, and Anonymous

Sponsors of individual pieces:

Brandi Brooks – Toaster Katherine Connally – Telephone Thomas Oneill – Fan Bobby Sarnoff – Table with Telephone Jane Weil – Heater