San José Public Art 
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San José Public Art Program 
May 2008  Volume 1, Issue 5
In This Issue
01SJ Art & Technology Festival
Art & Memory: Memorials in San Jose
Public Art Committee Meeting - May 20, 2008
Airport Rental Car Garage - Art Concept
Public Events: May - June, 2008
2008 Great Cities Speaker Series Debuts
For Artists: A Request For Qualifications for Airport Pool
Downtown Public Art Map
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01SJ To Transform Downtown San José 


The 2nd biennial 01SJ - A Global Festival of Art on the Edge returns to San José June 4-8, featuring transformative and provocative new works from international artists and performers at the cross-section of contemporary art, technology, and culture. The five-day festival will incorporate exhibitions, films, concerts, performances, happenings, and nightlife occurring throughout downtown San José's parks, public streets, museums, theaters, and clubs.


01SJimage01SJ is North America's newest and largest festival of digital arts, and a great deal more. From a hip-hop, multi-media meditation on Antarctica to robot art, from conversations with artificial intelligence to operatic performances of Google headlines about the environment, from avant-garde cinema to new musical forms - 01SJ will feature more than 100 projects. Festival organizers expect it to be an experience that entertains, enlightens, educates, and involves attendees, promoting a new understanding and perspective of our changing world. Among the many events at this year's Festival will be a Youth Participation Program sponsored by Adobe Systems.  01SJ will also feature major light projection artwork that uses City Hall as the "screen". 

01SJ will be five fascination-filled days not to be missed! For detailed schedule and information, please go to


Public Art Provides Opportunities for Recollection and Reflection

Public art often reflects elements of local history, and can also memorialize specific people or events.  Within San José are a number of memorials that serve to celebrate the spirit of leaders, honor lives lost, or evoke historic events. Here are some that you may wish to explore on your own:


San José's Veterans Memorial, created by the Manhattan Project, is located on Park Boulevard veterans memoral - wide shot #2between Almaden Avenue and the Guadalupe River, adjacent to the Center for Performing Arts. It consists of two elements: seventy-six 30 ft. steel poles, each with a white flag, suggest military personnel in formation, but also reference the tiers of white headstones in a military cemetery. The flags symbolize the anonymity of each who serves, with the ultimate goal of peace.  Etched glass panels feature actual excerpts of letters home from local veterans of various wars superimposed with photos of local veterans.  


Man of Fire is a commemoration of the influential teacher and civic leader Dr. Ernesto Galarza. Created by Kim Yasuda, the artwork references Dr. Galarza's life-long pursuit of bridging academic and civil life. Located along the Man of Fire full viewPaseo de San Antonio, the focal point of the artwork at the Fairmont Plaza is a large bronze table containing elements that represent Galarza: a hat, images, quotes. Continuing along the Paseo are ribbons of terrazzo  in the walkway with quotes and text, suggesting a pathway that leads to San José State University.

Japanese American Internment Memorial Sculpture was created by Ruth Asawa. Located at the S. 2nd Street entrance to the Asawa Internment MemorialFederal Building, it was commissioned in 1994 in part with donations from the Japanese-American community. The cast bronze work speaks of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War 2. The artwork's rich visual imagery depicts the lives of the people before internment, and the hardship endured as a result of the internment process.  Mon, the traditional family emblem of many of the Santa Clara County internees, are represented along the right edge. 


Teaching Stones, located at the Almaden Library and Community Center in southwest San José, is a tribute to DDM Keyholebeloved reading teacher Doris Dillon who taught several generations of local residents. The work was created by art students from Academy of Art University with professor Donna Schumacher. Based on a favorite Dillon quote that "reading is the key to knowledge," the artwork features a reading circle suggestive of a key hole  and a series of granite boulders with the elements of language chiseled in relief to provide an opportunity for learning games with children.
Tommy Smith & John Carlos - Salute In Bronze is located on the San José State University Campus just behind the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Created by artist Rigo 23, the sculpture depicts the SJSU Rigo 23 Olympic salutepivotal moment in history when Olympic gold and bronze medalists Smith and Carlos took a stand for human rights on the 1968 Olympics victory podium in Mexico City, an expression of protest that was seen around the world. The SJSU Associated Students led the campaign to create this commemoration. The work is made of hand-cut ceramic tiles, cast bronze and other materials; creating it employed 3-D scanning technology and virtual imaging to take actual full-body scans of the athletes.
Thomas Fallon statueThomas Fallon Statue by sculptor Robert Glen recalls one of San José's early mayors and the raising of the US flag in San José in 1846, when California was still part of Mexico. The bronze artwork is comprised of two sculptures: one features a likeness of Fallon on horseback with a flag, and the other is an unidentified companion. It is located near the juncture of St. James and Hwy 87, at the west end of Pellier Park.
The City is presently exploring ways to create a Public Safety Memorial to honor Police and Fire personnel who lost their lives in service.

Stay tuned to Public Art News for all the details!


Next Meeting:  May 20, 2008 - 5:30 PM

The Public Art Committee 's monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 PM. The following action items are on the meeting agenda:

  • Mineta San José International Airport: ConRac Rental Car Garage Façade: Approval of Concept Design by Christian Moeller. (Citywide) 
  • Berreyssa Creek Park: Approval of Concept and Schematic Design by Wowhaus. (District 4)
  • Mineta San José International Airport: Approval of a Design Development proposal for a public art project by UeBERSEE in the North Concourse Concession Area, and recommendation of a contract for the project. (Citywide) 
  • Mineta San José International Airport:

    Approval of a design development proposal by Gorbet & Banerjee for the Airport's Art Activation project and recommendation of a contract for the project. (Citywide)

  • Temporary Art: Installation of a temorary work in front of the Tech Museum of Innovation. (District 3)

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 W-119. The meeting is open to the public.
To view a printable copy of the full, detailed meeting agenda and related documents, please go to:

 Artist to make presentation at May PAC meeting 

Included in the topics on this month's Public Art Committee Agenda, artist Christian Moeller will present his artwork concept for the 1000' length of the façade for the new Airport Rental Car facility.


Upon completion, this high visibility building will be an important part of the visual identity of the new airport. The potential for this to be an iconic artwork is significant.


The community is encouraged to attend this meeting, hear the artist present his vision, and provide comment on the direction of this exciting new artwork. Meeting details are above under "PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE."


Meetings, Dedications, Celebrations, & More  

 Current listings for May - June as of newsletter distribution time 

MAY 2008
Saturdays, May 17,  24 & 31, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
In conjunction with Who's on 1st?/What's On 2nd and her RFK Remix project, artist Helena Keeffe features live performance/presentation with public participation in St. James Park which commemorates Robert Kennedy's San José visit shortly before his death. Community members can participate (see details at www.RFKRemixSaturdays.pdf) or appreciate it as viewers.
For other May 2008 art activities that you can enjoy, please see the listings below for "ONGOING EXHIBTIONS"
JUNE 2008
 Great Cities Speakers Series Debuts:
Thursday, June 5, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • "City Planet," Stewart Brand, co-chairman and co-founder of The Long Now Foundation. Location: San José City Hall Council Chambers, 200 E. Santa Clara Street.(Free)

Sunday, June 8, 6:00 -7:00 PM

  • "When Cities Tango: The Art of Glocal Public Space Design," William Moorish, professor of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia. Location: San José City Hall Council Chambers, 200 E. Santa Clara Street. (Free)

Grand Opening & Public Art Dedication:

Saturday, June 28,  5:30 - 7:00 PM Joyce Ellington Branch Library; 491 E. Empire St., San José, CA 95112.  The celebration of the new library will include dedication of the public artworks by Masayuke Nagase and Lucy Liew. (District 3) 

All are welcome!

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS                                                         
LOOK AGAIN - the inaugural exhibition in the new City Windows Gallery, an exhibit space located in the windows along the S. 4th Street façade of City Hall.  Curated by Kathryn Funk, Look Again features the work of artists who use cast-off materials and waste from contemporary life to create their art. Artists in the exhibit include Ed Clapp, Marita Dingus, Charlotte Kruk, Rob Larsen, Mark Fox Morgan and Mary White. The exhibit will remain on display until July 21 and is a feature of the San Jose Public Art Program's City Hall Exhibition Program.
Profiled in the January '08 newsletter, temporary exhibitions along the Downtown San José Transit Mall continue in May and June:  
  • Helena Keeffe's RFK Remix is a series of performances, an 'audio walk' and a fabric sculpture installation at the monument, all aimed at temporarily renovating the site of the Robert F Kennedy Memorial Forum, a concrete monument in the form of a speaker's podium located in St. James Park, and reintroducing this forum for public debate and discourse in San José. The Memorial Forum commemorates a date in 1968 when Robert F. Kennedy spoke in San José, just months before he was assassinated. For more project information on how to get the audio tour, upcoming live performances and other features, please go to the RFK ReMix website.
  • 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 the  Cultural Citizen website.
  • 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.

International Leaders In Urban Planning, Design, Architecture, Art & Sustainability Featured

Beginning June 5, in conjunction with 01SJ: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, and continuing through December, the Great Cities Speakers Series will consist of monthly public lectures designed to provoke thought, discussion and imagination about the city of the future and to bring important outside perspectives to local and regional efforts on civic planning, culture, art and design.

The lectures are free; each will be followed by a reception to continue conversation among audience members.  

See "Upcoming Public Events" in this newsletter for details on the first two lectures, scheduled on June 5 and June 8.
The Great Cities Speakers Series is a project of the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, the Commonwealth Club, and 1stACT Silicon Valley .

 For more information about the upcoming lectures and for reservations, go to  

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport  Art + Technology Artist Pool


Airport Art-Technology blurb

A Request for Qualifications to establish an Artist Pool for Art + Technology is now available. The focus of initial artwork commission will be the San José International Airport's program of short-term changing Art + Technology projects and two permanent sculptures for the arrival/departure hall of the new terminal. 


As part of the Airport capital improvement program, the Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport Public Art Master Plan creates a framework for a unified program of Art + Technology, showcasing the innovation, diversity, and change that defines San José and Silicon Valley. This program will create a major collection of technology-related artworks for the City at the airport. Public art at the airport will use the tools and technologies developed in Silicon Valley to provide a portal to the community, highlighting the important histories that are the foundations of San José's place in today's global economy.


Commissioning opportunities include, but are not limited to: 2 and 3 dimensional art; static and dynamic work; projections; data-driven work and/or work encouraging social connections; ambient and/or responsive audio work; active textiles or other active surfaces; screen-based; flat-panel displays or low-profile light boxes. Artists who are accepted into the Art + Technology Artist Pool will be considered for multiple opportunities.



Submissions must be received as a complete application in CaFÉ™ by Tuesday, July 1, 2008.



To view the on-line application, go to, register a username and password, navigate to "Apply to Calls", and search the list for "City of San Jose - Art + Technology Pool".



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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