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San JosÚ Public Art 
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San JosÚ Public Art Program 
April 2009  Volume 2, Issue 4
JUST OUT! The 2009 edition of the Downtown Public Art Map updated to feature more public art in Downtown San Jose. Information on how to get your free copy is below. 
In This Issue
Preview - Airport Public Art
Public Art Committee: No Meeting in April 2009
Cultural Vision Plan - Catalytic Kick-Off on June 6
Public Events: April - May 2009
Two Fun Ways to Explore Public Art!
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PREVIEW - AIRPORT PUBLIC ART   

'Hands' rising at Airport

 

This month San JosÚ Public Art continues its preview of public art projects included in the expansion of the Norman Y. Mineta San JosÚ International Airport.
 
Artist Christian Moeller is creating Hands, a mural of immense proportions for the Airport's new ConRAC Garage. The ConRAC Garage will house the rental car operations and is a key element of the San JosÚ Airport's terminal area improvements. It is prominently located on the east side of the airport and, at seven stories high and over 1200' long, it is one of the first and most visible elements of the airport that can be seen from the Guadalupe Freeway. Moeller's Hands will run the entire length and height of the ConRAC garage's east fašade. 

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Artist's rendering of 'Hands' images.

The artwork is a large graphic of hands drawn from photos of raised hands. Moeller, an internationally-recognized artist and trained architect, transforms standard construction materials into compelling visual imagery. He has developed an art form that he calls "bitmap graphics" that uses mapping and plotting technologies familiar to Silicon Valley industry to create large-scale pixelated images.
 
Moeller's close collaboration with the architects allowed them to replace the standard pre-cast concrete fašade with an architectural metal fabric that will integrate the pixelated image in panels along the fašade. From a distance the artwork is seen as the image of many hands, but up close the hand images are composed of hundreds of thousands of durable plastic disks meticulously positioned along the 1200' expanse of metal mesh.

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Detail of hand image.

 
FatherSonHandsShotThe images in the mural were drawn from photographs of the hands of 53 members of the San JosÚ-Silicon Valley community. They represent the diversity that typifies Silicon Valley in terms of ages, ethnicities, both native born and immigrant, and life experience FatherSonHandsShotincluding people who work in the arts, police and fire, technology, agriculture, healthcare, aviation, service industries and much more.  Details on the 'people behind the hands" and other artwork information will be included on a future web page for the project. Hands is scheduled for completion in July 2009.
 
Photos: Above right, a father and son pose for a Hands shot; above left, the photographer with a SJSU college student. 
 
The Hands project underscores the Airport's Art + Technology Program and is an example of an innovative artwork that relies on both technology and the human hand in its realization. It is also an example of innovative partnerships that are the foundation of Silicon Valley success, in this case the collaboration between artist, architect, design builder, subcontractors, city and community.
 PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE MEETING

Next Meeting:  May 19, 2009 - 5:30 PM. 

There is no meeting of the Public Art Committee in April 2009.

 

The next regularly scheduled Public Art Committee meeting is Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30 PM.

 

The Public Art Committee regularly meets in City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, Room W-119 in the Council Wing.  The meetings are open to the public.

 
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. 
SAVE THE DATE! JUNE 6 IS THE CATALYTIC KICK-OFF FOR SAN JOSE'S CULTURAL VISION PLAN
Help shape the cultural vision for the San JosÚ General Plan Update
 
The City of San JosÚ's General Plan Update will include a Cultural Vision Plan. The Catalytic Kick-Off for the Cultural Vision Plan process is Saturday, June 6 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. This facilitated community meeting will be held in City Hall. The event is an opportunity for the community to help shape the cultural vision. 
 
Please mark your calendars.
 
Details on how to attend will be included the May newsletter or you can e-mail publicart@sanjoseca.gov .
PUBLIC EVENTS 

Meetings, Dedications, Celebrations, Lectures, Exhibits & More  

 Current listings for April - May 2009 as of newsletter distribution   

 
PUBLIC EVENTS
 
3rd Event in Leadership Series: Cultural Development as a Catalyst in Troubled Times
Keynote speaker Alan Brown, principal of WolfBrown, will address The Shifting Sands of Demand; discussion to follow.    
 
DATE/TIME: Friday, May 1, 2009;  9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
 
LOCATION: The City Council Chambers in San JosÚ City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street.
 
Event is free; please RSVP by e-mail to: rsvpculturalaffairs@sanjoseca.gov
 
 
4th Event in Leadership Series: Cultural Development as a Catalyst in Troubled Times
 Keynote speaker Jerry Yoshitomi will present From Transactions to Transformations: Revealing the Public Value of the Arts
 
DATE/TIME: Friday, May 15th, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
 
LOCATION: San JosÚ City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street in Council Wing Meeting Rooms 119/120.  
 
Event is free; please RSVP by e-mail to: rsvpculturalaffairs@sanjosea.gov
 
 
 
ONGOING CITY & RELATED EXHIBITIONS

CITY WINDOWS GALLERY
 
BIKE SHOW: A CELEBRATION OF 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   
 
W Valley Library Artichoke ArtThe 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.

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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 continues into Spring, 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 continues into Spring, 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 2009 Edition Now Available!
The San JosÚ Public Art Program's  colorful, informative map of public art projects in downtown San JosÚ has recently been updated. The 2009 Downtown Public Art Map is a fun and easy ways to see public in downtown San JosÚ.
 
Use it to 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 2009 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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Visit the online archive to view past issues! 
  
Current and past issues of San Jose Public Art can now be viewed on the Office of Cultural Affairs website on the Public Art webpages.
 
Go to www.sanjoseculture.org
 
MORE TO COME IN SAN JOSE PUBLIC ART!
 
 
 
 
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