San José Public Art 
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San José Public Art Program 
March 2008  Volume 1, Issue 3
In This Issue
SOARING WINGS tribute to great local flyer by artist Kent Roberts
Public Art Committee Meeting - March 18, 2008
Public Events: March - April, 2008
For Artists Only: Free CaFE Workshop for Visual Artists
Downtown Public Art Map
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Artwork celebrates Montgomery's contribution to modern flight.

Historic Montgomery 1905 photo

On Saturday, March 15, the City of San José celebrates the dedication of Soaring Flight, an artwork by Kent Roberts in commemoration of San José flight pioneer John J. Montgomery. Roberts' artwork honors one of San José's great historic figures in a permanent installation at the corner of Yerba Buena and San Felipe Roads. (Go to "Upcoming Public Events" for Dedication Event details.)



Historic Montgomery 1905 photoSoaring Flight

consists of two primary elements: a 30' vertical glider wing formed of tubular steel, covered in steel mesh; linear patterns in the concrete plaza base flow around the wing element in the configuration of airflow patterns associated with lift in flight, an aspect of flight science to which  Montgomery made significant contributions. Phases and quotes associated with Montgomery's work are sandblasted into the plaza surface, providing moments of discovery and reflection for the viewer. The site is also to include benches, making it, in Roberts' words, "A haven where visitors may learn about local history and Montgomery specifically, as well as reflect upon human invention - a subject so significantly linked to San José."

Historic Montgomery 1905 photo

Roberts says, "My design alludes to both technology and nature in terms of its form, materials, and composition.The monument's relationship to the park's grounds links the look of flight technology to earth and sky in a way that reflects Montgomery's own inspiration from nature: the winged structure mimics both a biological form and a product of human ingenuity forged in steel."

Historic Note: Who is John J. Montgomery?

John J. Montgomery was an inventor, scientist and a professor at Santa Clara College. He is widely considered a father of modern aviation. He made more than fifty of his pioneering glider flights from what is now known as Montgomery Hill, above the present site of Evergreen Community College in San José, and perished there on his last flight, October 31, 1911. February 15, 2008 marked his 150th birthday.

Historic Montgomery 1905 photo

Learn more about him at:
Western Museum of Flight and National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Next Meeting:  March 18, 2008 - 5:30 PM

The Public Art Committee 's monthly meeting is Tuesday, March 18 at 5:30 PM. The following action items are on the meeting agenda:

- Educational Park Branch Library: Artist Selection  (District 4)


- Edenvale Community Center: Design Development (District 2)


- Seven Trees Community Center: Design Development (District 7)


- Who's on 1st?/What's On 2nd? - Jon Brumit Project: Design Development (District 3/Citywide)

- Who's on 1st?/What's On 2nd? - Jordan Geiger Project: Design Development (District 3/Citywide)
- Mineta San José International Airport: Appointments to Airport Art Program Oversight Committee (Citywide)

The Public Art Committee, a sub-committee of the Arts Commission, is advisory to the Commission and to San José City Council. The Public Art Committee monitors and provides oversight in the artist selection, development and design review of public art projects throughout the City.


The Public Art Committee meets in City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, Council Wing Room W119. The meeting is open to the public.
To view the meeting agenda, please go to:


Meetings, Dedications, Celebrations, & More  

 Current listings as of newsletter distribution time 

MARCH 2008
Saturday, March 15,  1:00 - 2:00 PM
  • Public Dedication/Celebration of Soaring Flight, artist Kent Robert's commemorative artwork in honor of historic San José figure John J. Montgomery, a major flight and avionics pioneer. LOCATION: Evergreen Park, corner of Yerba Buena & San Felipe Roads, San José 95135 (District 8) 

All are welcome!

ONGOING EXHIBITION                                                           WHO'S ON 1ST?/WHAT'S ON 2ND?
Profiled in the January '08 newsletter, temporary exhibitions along the Downtown San José Transit Mall continue in March:  
>JD Beltran's Downtown Mirror, video projections within storefronts and building windows reflecting both the local environment and the rich demographic and historical atmosphere of the downtown. Text from recent interviews and historic texts are superimposed on the videos revealing a fascinating time-spanning portrait of the downtown.

>Hector Dio Mendoza's Cultural Citizen multimedia project exploring what it means to be a "cultural citizen" in San José. The work includes a website, posters and banners along 1st & 2nd Streets, and in June 2008, a "cultural citizen tree" will be will also be sited in St. James Park. For more information and active elements of the project go to
> Bill Fontana's Sonic Cascade sound sculpture is playing on bell tones from the historic Trinity Episcopal Church. 
Please go to Who's on 1st/What's on 2nd for more details about the  times, locations, project details and coming attractions.

 Master the Online Application Process thru CaFE, the New Online Call For Entries System 

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2008, 6:30-8:30 pm

Workshop Location: Alameda County Conference Center, 125 12th Street (at the corner of Oak and 12th Streets), 4th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607-6467.

RSVP: This event is FREE but Space is limited to 100 attendees. RSVP by March 31st to the Alameda County Arts Commission  by e-mail at or call (510) 208-9646.

Artists at all levels of professional development are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn how to use CaFÉ , the web-based application system that enables artists to apply online to multiple calls for entry through a central website, This application system is now being used by many public art programs in the Bay Area and nationwide.

CaFÉ staff will present a step-by-step introduction on how to use their application system, including how to set-up a new artist's profile and how to apply for a project or multiple projects.A professional photographer will provide guidance on how to take high-quality digital photographs and how to format digital images.

The workshop will also include brief presentations from Bay Area public art administrators on their current or upcoming public art opportunities.

This event is presented by the Alameda County Arts Commission, City of Oakland Cultural Arts & Marketing Division and the San Francisco Arts Commission.


Create your own walking tour!
The Office of Cultural Affairs publishes a colorful, informative map of public art projects in downtown San José
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 San Jose Downtown Public Art Map
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