San Jos Public Art
News, Public Meetings, Announcements, Events & Features in San Jos's Public Art 
In This Issue
Public Art committee Meeting - January15, 2007
Who's on 1st/What's on 2nd
Public Events - January 2008
Downtown Public Art Map
City Hall Exhibitions - Request for Proposals & Qualifications
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January 2008  Volume 1, Issue 1
Welcome to the 1st edition of San Jos Public Art, the online newsletter of the City of San Jos's Public Art Program 

San Jos Public Art will provide you with current information about the development of San Jos public art projects including the items to be reviewed monthly by the City's Public Art Committee. 

San Jos Public Art will also provide information on upcoming events and activities, and informational features on different aspects of public art in San Jos.

Next Meeting:  January 15, 2008 - 5:30 PM
The monthly meeting of the Public Art Committee is Tuesday, January 15 at 5:30 PM. The Committee will review and take action on the following projects:
  • Happy Hollow Zoo - Finalist Artist Selection (Citywide)
  • Fire Station #36 - Design Development (District 8)
  • Mayfair Community Center - Project/Design Budget Adjustment (District 5)
  • Edenvale Community Center - Schematic Design Discussion (District 2)
The Public Art Committee is a sub-committee advisory to the Arts Commission and to City Council. The Public Art Committee is charged with monitoring and providing oversight in the artist selection, development and design review of public art projects throughout the City.
The Public Art Committee meeting is held in City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, Council Wing Room W-119.  The meeting agenda can be viewed at



A series of "small wonders"enliven Downtown San Jos Transit Corridor - Complete details at !

The City of San Jos has launched Who's on 1st/ What's on 2nd, a series of temporary multi-media artworks by Bay Area artists along San Jos's main downtown public transit corridor.

Commissioned by the City of San Jos in partnership with the San Jos Redevelopment Agency and the Valley Transit Authority, Who's on 1st/ What's on 2nd features art projects by eight artists and artist teams that are being displayed individually over the coming year along 1st and 2nd Streets in various locations from St. James Park to Paseo de San Antonio.

The art projects in Who's on 1st/What's on 2nd were inspired by the people and activities that take place in Downtown San Jos. A majority of artworks involve an element of public participation and each is intended to stimulate a sense of wonder and surprise.

Projects currently showing are:

            Downtown Mirror by artist JD Beltran is a group of installations consisting of video projections that reflect the immediate environment, as well as the rich demographic and historical atmosphere of the downtown area. Beltran interviewed people along 1st and 2nd Streets; their responses helped to generate revealing, fascinating, poignant and sometimes humorous portraits as a key source of content for the work. As a counterpart, she culled historical images of the Downtown, as well as narratives about what San Joseans would have been concerned about twenty, fifty, a hundred or a hundred fifty years ago. Downtown Mirror installations can be seen in locations at 56 S. 2nd St., 20 S. 2nd St. (two installations) and 16 Paseo de San Antonio.

            Cultural Citizen Tree by San Jos artist Hector Dio Mendoza explores what it means to participate in San Jos society. The artwork has several parts. One element is a series of portrait posters and banners of people who live, work, play and pass through Downtown; the banners are installed on light poles along 1st & 2nd Streets between Santa Clara and St. James, and the posters in various storefront windows in the area. There is also a website that tells the stories and invites others to add comments ( In late spring 2008, Mendoza will install in the southwest corner of St. James Park a bright red, 14 ft. high "cultural citizen tree" that symbolizes growth and change.

            The Bells of Trinity by artist Bill Fontana is a sound installation that uses bell tones from the historic Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 N. 2nd St., to create a sound sculpture that interacts with the urban landscape of St. James Park and 2nd Street. A series of minimalist bell compositions mix and travel into the acoustic surroundings of the Church bell tower moving and echoing down the length of the 2nd Street block. A special Bells of Trinity performance will be presented at the church in Spring 2008.

            Light Haiku by artist Chris Eckert merges haiku, technology and contemporary content. Displayed on the exterior wall of the of Pavilion Parking facility facing San Fernando at 2nd Street, a specially-designed computer-controlled spotlight "writes" original poetry on a 650 square foot luminescent screen on the wall. It produces an ethereal mural-sized haiku that emerges from the darkness, and then fades away. Light Haiku features over 100 new poems written by collaborating poet pc muoz along with contributions by special guest poets from around the world, and haiku contributed by San Jos school children. Anyone may submit haiku for consideration at Light Haiku will end February 15, 2008. Please see the website for showing times and details.

In Spring and Summer 2008 other Who's on 1st/What's on 2nd projects will debut including Jon Brumit's South Bay Talent Center, Helen Keeffe's The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Forum, Jordan Geiger's Day for Night and Chip Lord and Bruce Tomb's Zocalito.

Complete project descriptions and current schedules of dates and locations may be found at

Who's on 1st /What's on 2nd is made possible by the combined efforts of key collaborators and sponsors including: ABM; Camera 12 Cinemas; CIM Group; The Globe Building; Onomy Labs and Scott L. Minneman; Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley; San Jos Downtown Association; San Jos Public Library; and Trinity Episcopal Church.

 Meetings, Dedications, Events & Celebrations
Saturday, January 12, 10:00 - 11:00AM
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Santa Teresa Library; public art project by artist Beatrice Coron. 290 International Circle, San Jos 95119 (District 2) 
Monday, January 28, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Visioning for Education Branch Library, including public art; 1770 Educational Park Drive, San Jos,  95133. This Community meeting is hosted by the San Jos Public Library. For additional meeting information call (408) 535-8450.
  • Dedication of commemorative public art project to great flight pioneer John J. Montgomery in the new pocket park at San Felipe and Yerba Buena Roads in late February (District 8). Date and details to be provided in the February newsletter.



Create your own walking tour!
The Office of Cultural Affairs publishes a colorful, informative map of public art projects in downtown San Jos
You can request a free copy: e-mail us at, and include your mailing address, or you can access a printable pdf version of the Downtown Public Art Map at Public Art San Jose Downtown
This City has issued a Request for Proposals for exhibitions in San Jos's City Hall and a Request for Qualifications for a curatorial roster. These are available under What's New at or by e-mailing your request to
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In addition to keeping you up to date on meetings and news about public art in San Jos, we will adding informative new resouces.  Coming soon will be an overview of public art works-in-progress in San Jos.
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