San JosÚ Public Art 
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San JosÚ Public Art Program 
February 2009  Volume 2, Issue 2
In This Issue
Bike Show Exhibit at City Windows Gallery
Seasonal Rains Activate Artworks
Public Art Committee Meeting - February 17, 2009
Public Events: February - March 2009
Two Fun Ways to Explore Public Art!
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BIKE SHOW:  A CELEBRATION OF CYCLE ART AND CULTURE 
Exhibit opens in conjunction with Cycling Classic
 
BikeShowLogoThe San JosÚ Cycling Classic presents Bike Show: A Celebration of Cycle Art and Culture, a free exhibit that explores the history and art of cycling at San JosÚ City Hall's City Windows Gallery, 4th & Santa Clara Streets, in Downtown San JosÚ.
 
Silicon Valley and especially San JosÚ have long been home to inventors and innovators who have taken bicycling in new directions.  Bike Show looks at San JosÚ and this region's long and continuing history with cycling with particular focus on the art and culture found in Silicon Valley.
 
In addition to historic highlights which include examples of some of the earliest forms of the bicycle and much more, Bike Show's modern highlights spotlight local creativity including: 

bike show image

  • The Shorty Fatz Eight Series--a new production bicycle from this company founded by San JosÚ artist Sam Rodriguez and his partner Matt Rodriguez that has a loyal following among low-rider and urban art enthusiasts; 
     
  • From Calfee, a frame builder whose name is well known to carbon fiber frame fans, their production bamboo bicycle made from sustainably-harvested bamboo and hemp; 
     
  • San JosÚ frame builder Dale Saso's Tandem Truck Bike, an effort by well-respected custom frame builder to introduce the potential for bikes in work settings and for general use in carrying bigger loads on bicycles; 
     
  • Hand built bikes by Nathan Rumble and Alan Glover who used his recumbent to ride around the globe, as well as some more artistic interpretations of the bicycle; 
     
  • Artworks by Silicon Valley artists including Ben Alexy, Abraham Menor, and Abel Gonzalez.
 
Bike Show will be on exhibit through June, 2009
SOME PUBLIC ART IS EVEN BETTER - WET! 

Seasonal rains activate artworks  

  

Public art in San JosÚ is mostly enjoyed during the region's many months of dry weather, but some artworks are designed to interact with rain water. 

 

The seasonal rains provide the opportunity to enjoy several of these rain-activated artworks. Here are three projects to see.
 

W Valley Library Artichoke Art

 

Jackie Brookner's Touching The Earth, Touching The River at Roosevelt Community Center is a site-integrated artwork which serves as a functional filtration system, helping to diminish the center's environmental impact on nearby Coyote Creek. Ms Brookner worked closely with the City's Environmental Services Division to design two art elements that capture rainwater run-off from the Center's roof and filter environmental pollutants before the water seeps into the nearby creek. A stone-filled translucent yellow glass work at the Santa Clara Street entrance captures and filters storm water. At the facility's parking lot entrance, a steel cascade sculpture (pictured, with recent rainwater.) transports roof rainwater to a rock bed filter and pool that helps filter the rainwater before it flows to the nearby bio-swale. Brookner's goal was in part to help promote greater awareness about protecting the natural environment.  (This project was covered in detail in the December issue - see archive link below for more information).
 
FS35 Tule Reed WallIn Lineage, Tom Drugan's and Laura Haddad's artwork completed in November 2007 at Fire Station 35, water animates the interplay between two elements: Tule Reed Drain captures and channels water down a rainchain into runnel on top of the Strata Wall; the water flows down the mirrored-finish runnel onto a splash stone and into the landscape. The Tule Reed Drain design alludes to indigenous plants used extensively by the Ohlone. The Strata Wall mirrors elements of the area's natural and cultural histories in layers, suggestive of a geologic excavation: on one side the layers evoke the area's past, present and future while the side facing the fire station contains fire fighting

artifacts. If you miss seeing this during the rain, it also circulates site irrigation water daily at scheduled times. (Look for a detailed profile of this work in a future edition of San JosÚ Public Art.) 
 
W Valley Library Artichoke ArtWater Feature, created by Elizabeth Conner in 2003, is a prominent sculpture in the entrance court of the West Valley Branch Library. The artwork, which in part celebrates fantastical children's literature and agriculture, appears as a giant-sized artichoke. When it rains, the sculpture captures rainwater from the roof of the building and cascades it down though its "leaves" into a drain at its base.
 
Locations of these artworks: 
 
Touching The Earth, Touching The River
Roosevelt Community Center
901 E. Santa Clara Street, San JosÚ 95116
 
Lineage
Fire Station 35
135 Poughkeepsie Rd., San JosÚ 95111
 
Water Feature  
West Valley Branch Library
1243 San Thomas Aquino Rd., San JosÚ 95117
PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE MEETING

Next Meeting:  February 17, 2009 - 5:30 PM. 

The Public Art Committee 's regular monthly meeting is Tuesday, February 17 at 5:30 PM. The Public Art Committee meeting is in City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THIS MONTH ONLY, THE MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED TO T-1254 IN THE TOWER BUILDING. The meeting is open to the public.


The following action items are on the meeting agenda:


Norman Mineta San JosÚ International Airport 

Concept Designs of Ben Hooker/Shona Kitchen, infranatural/Stephen Glassman and Gregory Kucera for the Art & Technology the Art + Technology Norman Y. Mineta JosÚ2008- 2010 Program. (Citywide).  


Schematic Designs of Janet Zweig, Gorbet+Banerjee with Maggie Orth, Gorbet+Banerjee, and Gorbet+Banerjee with Adam Frank for the Art + Technology Norman Y. Mineta San JosÚ International Airport 2008- 2010 Program. (Citywide).

Calabazas Branch Library:

Review and take action on a recommendation to approve the Design Development proposal for a public art project for the Calabazas Branch Library, and recommend an agreement with Living Lenses to fabricate and install an artwork in an amount not to exceed $65,000. (Council District 1)  


The Public Art Committee, a sub-committee of the Arts Commission, is advisory to the Commission and to San JosÚ 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. 

To view a printable copy of the full, detailed meeting agenda and related documents, please go to: www.sanjoseculture.org
PUBLIC EVENTS 

Meetings, Dedications, Celebrations, Lectures, Exhibits & More  

 Current listings for mid-January - February 2009 as of newsletter distribution   

FEBRUARY 2009 
 
BIKE SHOW: A CELEBRATIONOF CYCLE ART & CULTURE  
A free exhibit that explores the history and art of cycling, San JosÚ  City Hall's City Windows Gallery, 4th & Santa Clara Streets, in Downtown San JosÚ  
The Bike Show is a range of expressions of the enthusiasm for bicycling found in the Silicon Valley environs, both historic and contemporary. From locally-made custom bicycles and finely-crafted bicycle parts to historic images and cycles demonstrating San Jose's long association with cycling, to more artful expressions of the sport.  City Windows Gallery is located in the storefront space located along the 4th Street fašade of City Hall. The exhibit is scheduled through June 2009.

 
For additional art activities that you can enjoy, please see "ONGOING EXHIBTIONS" listings, below.

 
ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

CITY WINDOWS GALLERY
Opening in City Windows Gallery on February 13 in conjunction with the San Jose Cycling Classic (www.sanjosecyclingclassic.com), is THE BIKE SHOW. See description above.
 
 
CITY HALL EXHIBITION PROGRAM - 3 ONGOING EXHIBITS

SPEED CITY - FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO BLACK POWER: an exhibition presented in conjunction with History San JosÚ that presents a broad view of context of the runners, their lives and their controversial actions during the 1968 Olympics, curated by Urla Hill. On exhibit in the Council Wing 1st Floor Corridor Gallery through March 30, 2009.

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES - PUBLIC ART IN SAN JOSE: An exhibition highlighting a range of aspects of public art in San JosÚ, many of which are usually not seen. On exhibit in the City Hall Tower Foyer Gallery through February 2009.  

 POSTCARDS FROM LAKE CUNNINGHAM: Vintage images from a beloved historic San JosÚ location, on display in the 18th Floor Lobby Gallery (Tower) through July 2009.  
 

SHOW YOUR STRIPES AT THE 88 IN DOWNTOWN

Roosevelt Filter WallWhile visiting downtown you can interact with Jim Conti's artwork Show Your Stripes at The 88, San JosÚ's new high rise residences at 88 E. San Fernando that enlivens downtown with its colorful and intriguing cascade of light patterns.

Call (408) 287-0128 after sundown. After you hear the tone, enter any three numbers, which can include # or *, from your telephone keypad, and then enter zero and hang-up. If the number sequence is programmed, then the colors should change in about 10 seconds. (Note: Not ALL 3 number combinations have been programmed yet, so if one you try doesn't work, please try another.)  Some fun ones to try include *25 for Christmas, or *14 for Valentine's Day. 

TWO FUN WAYS TO EXPLORE PUBLIC ART IN DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE

Create your own walking tour!

Here are two ways you can enjoy public art in Downtown San JosÚ.
 
DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ART MAP - Updated Edition for 2009 due out soon!
The San JosÚ Public Art Program publishes a colorful, informative map of public art projects in downtown San JosÚ. The Downtown Public Art Map is a fun and easy ways to see public in downtown San JosÚ. You can create your own walking tour and include opportunities to stop and enjoy other features in the district including museums, galleries and restaurants.  
 
 
RECOLECCIONES: THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LIBRARY PUBLIC ART COLLECTION
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library includes an award-winning collection of more than 34 site-specific public artworks in locations throughout the library. Finding them is a process of exploration, discovery and is filled with surprises! A free colorful detailed brochure is available from the San JosÚ Public Art Program that will help you appreciate this extraordinary collection.  
 
You can request a free copy of the Downtown Public Art Map or the Recolecciones - Library Art Collection brochure. Please e-mail your request to  publicart@sanjoseca.gov, and include your mailing address.
 
You can also access a printable pdf version of the Downtown Public Art Map on the Public Art webpage of the Office of Cultural Affairs website at
San Jose Downtown Public Art Map.
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