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Port to Celebrate New Public Art Installation

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

A Nov. 20 ribbon cutting will recognize freshly minted paintings along the waterfront

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.— Street artist Marlon Yanes is known across the Bay Area for his 3D works, which you can now see along the Port of Redwood City’s waterfront. The Port will host a ribbon cutting, Wednesday, November 20, to celebrate the new paintings, which include a 3-D mural depicting the inside of a sailboat cabin, utility box artwork honoring the Port’s history and a series of nautical-themed light posts. “These fresh bursts of colorful public art are one of the many ways we’re working to invite more of the community to enjoy our waterfront,” explained Kristine Zortman, executive director of the Port of Redwood City. “With so many recreational opportunities here along the waterfront, we hope to create a welcoming place where people want to frequent. We invite everyone to come see the new public art here in person, and hope they stay awhile to enjoy our other amenities.” The November 20 ribbon cutting will be at 8:00 a.m. at Spinnaker Sailing, 451 Seaport Court, Redwood City, CA 94063 and feature the artist, speakers from the Port of Redwood City and light refreshments. For more information about this event or to request photos, please contact the Port of Redwood City’s communications agency representative, Revekka Balancier at 720-641-3026. For more information about the Port’s public amenities, please visit


The Port of Redwood City is host to more than a mile of public waterfront access, walkways and viewing areas. These include waterfront parks with picnic areas, restrooms, and parking. In addition, fishing is allowed from the public fishing pier. The Port has the only public boat launching facility with access to San Francisco Bay south of Coyote Point. Boats on trailers can be launched in the Redwood City Channel 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The use fee is $5.00 per launch. A five-member Board of Port Commissioners, appointed by the City Council, governs the Port.


Marlon Yanes is a self-taught artist who hails from Guatemala, though he’s called the Bay Area home since 1990. While art was a lifelong hobby, his artistic career didn’t take root until 2008 when he became a chalk artist for Whole Foods. He spent about 10 years with Whole Foods, ultimately serving as chalk artists for all its stores in the Northern California and Reno region. In more recent years, he has made a name for himself as a street artist, and his murals now dot the San Francisco Financial District and the offices of many local startups. Locally, his work can be spotted all over Redwood City, where he grew up. He painted the mural on the side of Whole Foods in Redwood City, for example—and he recently worked with the City to beautify utility boxes with his artwork.


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