December 2010Volume 3, Issue 12
San Jose Public Art eNews
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San José Public Art Program 
In This Issue
2010 In Review
'Guardians of the Garden City' at Fire Station 19
Public Art Committee: Next Meeting December 14, 2010
City Hall - Current Exhibits
Explore Public Art
San Jose Public Art - Online Archive
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2010 In Review, And A Look Forward To 2011


Hands Close Up in the Twilight

"Hands" by artist Christian Moeller, 2010



Barbara Goldstein, Public Art Director



Despite the economic challenges that we are all facing, 2010 was an exiting and productive year for San Jose's public art.  This past year marked the culmination of many projects in the City's Decade of Investment and, while we all face the future with some trepidation, we can celebrate the public art legacy created in 2010.



Artwork element at Santa Teresa Branch Library

§   Major initiatives include completing the significant collection of permanently-sited and changing artworks for the Art + Technology Program at Mineta San Jose International airport, and the installation of "Another World", a series of whimsical sculptures by artist Tom Otterness at the entry plaza of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.


§   Projects installed at fire stations, libraries and parks include Beatrice Coron's "Garden of Knowledge" at San Teresa Branch Library, "Not If But When" by Colab Studios at Edenvale Community Center; "Guardians of the Garden City" at Fire Station 19 and Robert Delgado's vibrant artwork at Fire Station 2.


§   Robert Dawson, photographer in residence at the Water Pollution Control Plant completed his residency and exhibited photographs in City Windows Gallery, MLK Jr. Library and the Plant; and,


§   Art on San Fernando: Re-visioning the Corridor, six temporary artworks installed along San Fernando 
Street during 01SJ Biennale and beyond.


Two of the artworks by Otterness at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. 


In addition to commissioning artwork, San Jose Public Art also tackled challenges of maintaining older artworks in the City's collection. Working with Millard Sheet's son Tony, we successfully removed the historic mural from Terminal C prior to its demolition. That mural will be reinstalled in SJC's International Terminal in early 2011. After a dramatic rescue adventure, we moved Julia Lord's ballet sculptures, "Giselle" and "Albrecht", from the courtyard of the Montgomery Theater to the lobby of the Center for Performing Arts. Finally, we are currently tackling vandalism that has arisen at the San Jose and Santa Clara Veterans Memorial and Jackie Brookner's "Urban Rain" sculpture at Roosevelt Community Center.


San Jose Public Art continued to engage community members in tours, exhibitions, and educational events throughout the year.  The City Hall Exhibitions program is especially proud to close the year with the very significant exhibit of the historic Covarrubias murals. During the open house at Mineta San Jose International Airport in June, we toured thousands of visitors through the new public art.  In addition, we led public art tours during the 01SJ Biennial Festival, the International City Manager's Association and National Arts Marketing Project conferences.  


Looking into the future, we are engaged in plans to integrate public art into the design of the Water Pollution Control Plant and its surrounding grounds, Diridon Multi-Modal station and its surrounding area, the Alum Rock Cultural History Corridor and the expanded McEnery Convention Center. 


In 2011, we look forward to dedicating artworks by Sam Rodriguez and Roman DeSalvo at the Seven Trees Library and Community Center and by Ron Baron at Bascom Library and Community Center.


There are many other projects on the immediate horizon and we encourage you to keep reading our newsletter to learn about opportunities to engage in San Jose's public art.


Best wishes for an artful 2011!

Fire Station 19 Opens With 'Guardians of the Garden City' Artwork 


Mythograph Studio, the artist team of Kipp Kobayashi & Marta Perlas created Guardians of the Garden City for the new Fire Station 19 

Fire Station19artwork_1Column

The term 'guardian' suggests forms common to the entrances of historic cities, temples and monuments from simple columns to elaborate figurative sculptures, and are found throughout the world. The idea of firefighters as guardians emerged during the conversations the artists had with both fire personnel and members of the community while developing the artwork.



The artwork is two brushed stainless steel columns.The columns are etched with images of contemporary fire fighters and archetypes/heroic firefighting-related figures from various cultures. Each column is divided into three parts; the parts can be turned like a section of a mix 'n match puzzle so that viewers can morph the figures into any number of combinations.


Located at the southwest corner of Piedmont and Sierra Roads, the new station celebrated its grand opening on November 20.


Public Art Committee
Next Public Art Committee meeting: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 5:30 P.M.
(Note: this December meeting is on the 2nd Tuesday of the month instead of the regular 3rd Tuesday meeting schedule.)
Meetng Location: City Hall, Council Wing - Meeting Room W-119, 200 E. Santa Clara Street,  San Jose. 



1. Japantown mural art project

2. Spartan Keyes artist selection

3. Alum Rock Mexican Heritage Commemoration concepts

a. Approve an artist to develop a design proposal for an artwork for the Guadalupe River Trail Mammoth public art project. (Citywide)



a. Review and discuss Wired Wilderness concept research for the Climate Clock artist selection competition. (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. 






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


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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