Rigo 98 (now Rigo 23)
1966, Madeira Island, Portugal
Rigo 98, now known as Rigo 23, is best known for large, site-specific works in San Francisco’s South of Market area, which underwent radical changes during the 1990s with the construction of cultural destinations, including the Mario Botta–designed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the proliferation of live/work loft buildings. Amid all this development, the works of Rigo became a prominent part of the shifting landscape.
The Portuguese-born artist transformed walls of no particular distinction into provocative pieces that made use of the bold colors and design templates of traffic signage. In such pieces as One Tree (1994–95), Inner City Home (1994–95) and Sky/Ground (1998), the artist redirects our attention to the natural and social conditions that shape the city.