San Jose Public Art eNews
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San Josť Public Art Program 
October 2010Volume 3, Issue 10
In This Issue
Vibrant Art Enlivens New Fire Station #2
Public Art Committee: Next Meeting October 26, 2010
Last Weeks: Art on San Fernando
City Hall - Current Exhibits
Explore Public Art
San Jose Public Art - Online Archive
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Roberto Delgado's Artwork For New Fire Station Enlivens Alum Rock Avenue




Roberto Delgado created two vibrant, colorful murals for the new Fire Station #2, located at 2949 Alum Rock Avenue. A large exterior tile mural contains multiple layers of imagery from fire fighting. The layered images, culled from historic photographs of firefighters at work, have a visual complexity that reveals itself over time.


FS2IneriorMuralImgOn the station's interior there is a mural on canvas in the glass enclosed fire pole tower. Lit from within, the artwork provides a night presence to the building and a dramatic backdrop when the firefighters descend the fire pole. This mural also combines images from of fire fighters in action.


Roberto worked with representatives of the Station and the community to create an art project of iconic scale and imagery to landmark the station and the Alum Rock community.


Roberto Delgado studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy, and earned a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. His murals can be seen in Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, and throughout the United States. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


For more information about artist Roberto Delgado and his work, please go to www.titodelgado.com


The new Fire Station is scheduled to open in early November.  

Public Art Committee
The Public Art Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 5:30 P.M.
The meeting is in City Hall, Council Wing - Meeting Room W-119, 200 E. Santa Clara Street,  San Jose. 


a. Approve agreement for an amount not to exceed $20,000 with artists Steve Durie and Bruce Gardner to work with students from San Jose State University School the San Carlos Streetscape project. (District 3)



No Items



a. Approve the schematic design proposals for Fire Station 37 public art project by Colette Crutcher. (District 6).



a. Approve the schematic and design development proposals for the Imwalle King & Story Road public art project by Valerie Raps. (District 5)  .

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. 
The following report, discussion and action items are on the agenda:   
Art on San Fernando: Revisioning the Corridor - Last Chance to View 

A view of Robin Lasser/Marguerite Perret's A Floating World over the Guadalupe River



Polli/Varga's Paticle Falls visualizes air quality readings.

Art on San Fernando: Revisioning the Corridor, has been a key attraction in downtown since mid-August. Hundreds of people have made the San Fernando Street corridor between Diridon Station and Market Street at the San Jose Museum of Art a destination to view the six temporary public art projects installed there. Each of the public art projects use elements of technology to animate and enliven the streetscape.


The projects in Art on San Fernando: Revisioning the Corridor can be viewed through November 15 and then most of them will be removed. For more information and details about viewing the artworks, go to:   http://www.sanjoseculture.org/?pid=99224 

August's Public Art eNews feature article can be viewed in the Public Art eNews Archive at www.sanjoseculture.org and click on Public Art, then on Newsletter. 
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. 






Lost Murals of Miguel Covarrubias

Location:  City Hall Wing Galleria 

San Jose City Hall

200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA   



Exhibit continues through February 2011


This blockbuster art exhibition will feature rarely seen murals by the Mexican painter Miguel Covarrubias created for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island. In partnership with History San Jose and Mexican Heritage Corporation, this historic exhibition presents the murals at San Jose City Hall along with rare examples of Covarrubias' artwork from the private collection of collector and Covarrubias expert Adriana Williams.







R.Dawson photograph of wastewater in motion. 



The Conscience of the City


Location:  City Windows Gallery in City Hall

200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA   

In the storefront exhibit space along 4th Street


Exhibit continues through February, 2011


Robert Dawson has worked for six months with the City of San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs and the Environmental Services Department as the City's first Photographer-in-Residence at its Water Pollution Control Plant. Dawson's work is intended to generate awareness about this invisible part of our daily lives. His 

photographs depict a huge, complex but delicate machine and explore four key elements:  the People who work diligently to keep the Plant functioning efficiently and the South San Francisco Bay alive; the Place, consisting of a massive infrastructure that surprisingly includes areas of astonishing beauty; the Treatment, a highly complex, environmentally sensitive process that never ends; and the History showing changes over the Water Pollution Control Plant's fifty-year history since it was built in 1962.


Additional exhibits - ending soon:

Hidden Heritages: Six African American Families, San Jose 1860­-1920  

Location: City Hall Tower, Santa Clara St. Lobby


Exhibit will continue through November, 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 
Exhibit will continue through November, 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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