San Jose Public Art e-News
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July 2010Volume 3, Issue 7
In This Issue
Temporary Artworks Animate San Fernando Street
Public Art Committee: Next Meeting July 20, 2010
City Hall - Current Exhibits
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Temporary Public Art Projects to Animate San Fernando Street for Summer, Fall
From August through November this year, San Fernando Street in downtown San Jose between Diridon Station and the San Jose Museum of Art, will feature a series of temporary public art projects focused on the theme of the 01SJ Biennial, "Build Your Own World." The San JosÚ Public Art Program, in association with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency and ZER01 have commissioned six temporary artworks in diverse technology-supported media. The purpose of the program is to enhance and enliven/animate this important transit corridor for the hundreds of pedestrians, cyclists, bus riders and drivers that travel it daily. The artworks can be enjoyed by all who work, live or visit downtown San Jose.
The projects are: 
A Champion Flock of Weed Eaters
Artist:  Jed Berk
Diridon Green and citywide 

Artist rendering: A Champion Flock of Weed Eaters.

Jed Berk's installation at Diridon Green uses the concept of a flock of sheep to reflect on the stewardship of land in urban space. The project is comprised of four main components:  a flock of miniature nomadic sheep, a "green" Barn with a Mother Sheep, a shepherd, and the public. Situated on Diridon Station Green will be a "green" barn that acts as mobile housing for the transitory flock of sheep and as an informational hub for the project. Housed inside the barn is the stationary Mother Sheep. She contains a display that cycles through images of the smaller sheep which will be taken throughout the city by a group of urban 'shepherds'. Shepherds will guard the flock and encourage members of the public to take the sheep to "graze" throughout the city and will transmit images of the sheep back to the Mother Sheep to share information on their grazing patterns. The shepherds will be onsite during festivals that occur from late summer to early fall, including the 01SJ Biennial.
The Poetics of Dis-Communication
Artist:  Patrick Manning
San Fernando VTA station, and southeast corner of Market and San Fernando

Artist rendering: kiosk, The Poetics of Dis-Communication.

The Poetics of Dis-Communicationwill generate poetry from sounds and images in the environment. It will use publicly displayed text and will also translate ambient images from the surroundings to create 'poems'. These will be presented in a steel monolith that contains a 52" monitor along with a webcam, speakers, computer, and other hardware. The kiosks will be located at the San Fernando VTA light rail station and in front of San Jose Museum of Art.
In creating poems, the webcam will be positioned to record images from the areas surrounding the each kiosk. In turn, the computer will constantly analyze images of moving objects and attempt to 'read' them for text. 
All poems produced will be archived on the web and available to the public.
A Floating World:
A Camping Ground/Tent City for Displaced Human and Bird Songs
Artists:  Robin Lasser & Marguerite Perret
San Fernando Street and Highway 87

Artists' rendering of A Floating World.

A Floating World
is a group of five "tent encampment" sculpture installations cantilevered off the Guadalupe River Park overpass on the south 
side of San Fernando Street, appearing to "float" above the water. The artwork  installation is at a site where the built human world and nature converge, exploring connections between both and seeking a sustainable balance for both worlds. Each encampment is comprised of multiple tents made of durable fabric and metal that will be animated with sound and light. The tent designs are fashioned after FEMA relief shelters, but are scaled for birds.
In the sound element of the artwork, the use of modified bird songs alludes to the health of the watershed; the water composition and scientist interviews refer to the health of the river, the flood plane below the bridge and the potential relationship of flooding to climate change. In this regard, the sculptural tents provide sanctuary or shelter for bird and human song, water compositions, and interviews with scientists who speak about the Guadalupe Watershed, birds, flooding, and the relationship of floods to climate change.   
The sound installations are activated as pedestrians walk along the sidewalk passing each encampment, in the evening, outdoor LED lights, installed inside each of the tents, are also activated. The sound installations are interactive: viewers are encouraged to speak into designated microphones; their voices will affect the broadcast sound elements. 
Mobile Arts Platform (MAP)
Artists: Peter Foucault & Chris Treggiari
Various locations

Artist rendering of Mobile Arts Platform vehicle.

The Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) is comprised of two large-scale, interactive sculptures that are "activated" by a mobile exhibitions program. MAP brings together Peter Foucault's Fal-Core Van and Chris Treggiari's Mobile Store; these will appear in locations throughout the San Fernando Corridor. MAP events will include film screenings, visual art display and making, performance art, live music, and will feature local talent from throughout the Bay Area. In essence, they will build a temporary, creative microcosm where community and creativity can intersect and flourish.
The artists are displaying MAP in San Jose on a number of occasions August through September 2010. The events include a
Community Mural creation event at City View Plaza in which MAP will sponsor a community-engaged mural painting project around the theme of "Build Your Own World" in August;  September 16-19 as part of the 01SJ Biennial MAP will set up a multimedia stage for AbsoluteZero that brings together spoken word artists, a robot interface art creator, computerized animation, and music in an exploration of enhanced creativity.
Particle Falls
Artists: Andrea Polli & Chuck VargaParticle Falls is a project Northeast corner of San Fernando and Almaden  

Artists' rendering of Particle Falls.


Particle Falls is a project that examines the subject of air quality by generating a large scale, projected image that is a data visualization of the amount of particulate matter in the air. The projection, in the form of a waterfall of light, will be on the fašade of the AT&T Building on the northeast corner of Almaden and Market Streets. The project will use real-time air monitoring to educate the public and encourage

improved air quality through new transportation options and congestion mitigation.

Air, although invisible, has a major impact on public health. Santa Clara County received a failing grade for air quality in the American Lung Association's 2009 State of the Air Report. The artists are collaborating with air quality scientists, science agencies, designers and engineers to produce the artwork, combining public art with online media to create public interaction around the air quality issue. Web and cell phone access to details on the monitoring will also be provided.  

Artist Leo Villareal
Southeast corner of San Fernando and Market, north fašade of museum

Flag, artist Leo Villareal.

, an LED-based artwork, will be installed on the north fašade of the San Jose Museum of Art prior to the 01SJ Biennial and will remain on display through the Leo Villareal exhibit at SJMA, on display through January 9, 2011. 
Flag is a dynamic representation of the American flag, a potent symbol of national identity. Villareal's Flag was created in 2008, during the months leading up to the election of Barack Obama, the nation's first African American president. Villareal sees the flag not as a static, immutable icon, but rather as a symbol of transition and change. The artist programmed the LED tubes that compose this light sculpture to flicker from bright to dark, from abstract patterns to hints of the Stars and Stripes. 
Public Art Committee
The Public Art Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 5:30 P.M.
The meeting is in City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, Council Wing - Meeting Room W-119.
The following report, discussion and action items are on the agenda:  


1. Update on the Alum Rock Cultural Commemoration Artwork.  

2. Update on repair to the San Jose - Santa Clara County Veteran's Memorial.  

3. Update on proposal for an additional veteran's memorial.  


1. Presentation and update on temporary artwork by artist Jed Berk for the San Fernando Corridor Project - Diridon Green.  

2. Presentation and update on the Diridon Station Area Public Art Master Plan.   


a. Action to approve the Conceptual Design of Colette Crutcher for Fire Station #37 public artwork. (Council District 6)
Action to approve:
a. The concept and schematic design proposal for the San Fernando Corridor public art project by Leo Villareal on the facade of the San Jose Museum of Art; and
b. Funding to the San Jose Musem of Art in the amounf ot $13,500 to support this installation (Council District 3)

a. Action to approve a design development proposal by artist Robert Dawson for the Environmental Services Department Photographer-in-Residence project and that the City Manager negotiate and execute an agreement with Robert Dawson for fabrication and installation of photography in an amount not to exceed $25,000. (Citywide)       

The full agenda packet can be viewed in a dowloadable format at www.sanjoseculture.org
Public Art Committee 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 Jose City Council. The Public Art Committee monitors and provides oversight in the planning, artist selection, development and design review of public art projects throughout the City. 
City Hall - Current Exhibits

Current listings as of newsletter distribution   

The following exhibits are presented by the City Hall Exhibition Program, a project of the San Jose Public Art Program. All exhibits are free and open to the public. 
The Big Idea: Art on a Grand Scale

Location:  City Hall Wing Galleria 


BenBigArtPaintingThe Big Idea: Art on a Grand Scale
showcases the diverse and extraordinary talent of eleven local artists, all of whom create art works in large-scale format. Scale in art is about much more than size. Rather, it is a tool employed by artists to convey complex and often subtle concepts.  In This exhibit, large two-dimensional works on paper and canvas mingle with sculpture that explores weight and mass through the use of unexpected mediums. The Big Idea: Art on a Grand Scale will be on view through August 2010.   
Images (above):   
1. Top: The Decision Makers, Ben Alexy.
2. Bottom: Woman With Boa, Ted Fullwood.
Location: City Windows Gallery, the storefront exhibit space on 4th Street


Image (above):   Redbird, Stan Welsh, ceramic on plywood, 2008. 
Eleven area ceramics artists bend, twist and enhance their medium of choice in provocative ways in Earthbound. Bound to the elements  - earth, air, fire and water - each of these artists manipulates the medium to form their own expressions.  The intrinsic nature of clay lends itself to the expression of the human condition.  The personal and universal intertwine to weave narratives of history and present-day social and political circumstances.  Each has a tale to tell.  Each has a story.  But all have chosen to work with the elements.
The artists included represent but a portion of the exciting work being created in the greater Bay Area by artists working in ceramics.  They include Tessie Barrera-Scharaga, Kimberly Cook, Don Fritz, Ted Fullwood, Diane Levinson, Gustavo Martinez, Max Rain, Shelby B. Smith, Gabe Toci, Monica Van den Dool and Stan Welsh. Earthbound will be on view through May 15, 2010.  
Hidden Heritages: Six African American Families, San Jose 1860­-1920
Location: City Hall Tower, Santa Clara St. Lobby

Six of San Jose's pioneer black families are brought to life in portraits pieced together from historical facts and public records, family recollections, artifacts, old photographs and artist renderings, each telling the story of a unique community from a different perspective and providing a poignant glimpse into San Jose's past during a pivotal period in history. Hidden Heritages will be on view through May 31, 2010.   

Face2Face: Highlights from the Student Art Collection at the Santa Clara County Office of Education  
Location: City Hall Tower, 18th Floor Mayor and Council Office Lobby Gallery  
Featuring artwork created by children in conjunction with the Young Artists Showcase, sponsored by the San Jose Water Company.  Face2Face will be on view through June 30, 2010. 

Explore Public Art in Downtown San Jose 

Create your own walking tour!

Here are two ways you can enjoy public art in Downtown San Jose.
DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ART MAP - Updated 2009 Edition Now Available!
The San Jose Public Art Program's  colorful, informative map of public art projects in downtown San Jose has recently been updated. The 2009 Downtown Public Art Map is a fun and easy way to see public in downtown San Jose.
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.  
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 and discovery that is filled with surprises! A free colorful detailed brochure is available from the San Jose Public Art Program that will help you appreciate this extraordinary collection.  
To request a free copy of the 2009 Downtown Public Art Map or the Recolecciones - Library Art Collection brochure, please e-mail your request to  patricia.walsh@sanjoseca.gov, and include your mailing address.
A printable pdf version of the Downtown Public Art Map is also available on the Public Art webpage of the Office of Cultural Affairs website at
San Jose Downtown Public Art Map.
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