October/November 2011

Volume 4, Issue 7

San Jose Public Art eNews
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San JosÚ Public Art Program 
In This Issue
Arbor Lights Up SJ Clean Energy Showcase
Public Art Committee: Next Meeting - Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Events Not To Miss: Dedication of "Cultivating Community" by Valerie Raps;"Portal" Public Art Walk with JD Beltran
New Schedule: Public Art Committee & eNews go Bi-Monthly
New City Hall Exhibits!
SJ Museum of Art Seeks Docents
Explore Public Art
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Arbor - SJSU Student's Design Lights Up San Jose's Clean Energy Showcase 


Arbor, an innovative prototype for a solar-powered urban seating element, is part of the City of San Jose's Clean Energy Showcase, the nation's first outdoor demonstration of solar, wind, electric vehicle and energy efficiency installations. Arbor was designed by Joseph Sanchez, a student in the San Jose State University (SJSU) Industrial Design Department as part of an upper division class project by Industrial Design students under the direction of SJSU professors Leslie Speer and John McClusky.


In its form, Arbor suggests a grove of trees and the manner in which trees gather light energy and transform it into life energy. Arbor's design is intended to use solar material in the treetop panels to gather solar energy. The gathered energy then powers LED lighting in the structure's "trunks" and also powers electrical outlets that can be used to power or to charge batteries for a range of familiar personal devices including computers and mobile phones.


Arbor was developed as part of a partnership project between the SJSU Department of Industrial Design and the City's Public Art Program and Environmental Services Department (ESD). Seniors in the SJSU Industrial Design courses were given the assignment to research and develop concepts for creative, solar-powered streetscape elements and were told that one of their concepts would be built. As part of that process, staff from the City's ESD, Public Art Program and Department of Public Works along with professionals in the solar power industry met with the students to share expertise and encourage their thinking about solar power and urban design. From four finalist projects, Joseph Sanchez's proposal for Arbor was chosen to be built. The students then all worked together on the project and explored the process taking a concept and seeing it through to completion. Arbor's metal structure was fabricated locally in San Jose by Roger Stoller Studio, Inc. 



Come see Arbor at San Jose's Clean Energy Showcase and see what else is hot in solar. Tours are FREE to the public Saturdays 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM through Thanksgiving!


Click here to pre-register for a free weekend tour. 


The Showcase is located directly across the street from City Hall on Santa Clara Street, between N 5th and N 6th Streets. There is plenty of free Public Parking in the nearby parking structures. This is a great opportunity to start learning about your energy future and help San Jose make its Green Vision come true.

Take a tour!


The following are some helpful links to learn more about the Green Vision and Clean Energy Showcase programs

The Clean Energy Showcase is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and generous donations, and organized by the City of San JosÚ and the Environmental Services Department.

Public Art Committee: Meeting Notice 



Meeting Location: City Hall, Council Wing- Meeting Room W-119, 200 E. Santa Clara Street,  San Jose.   





 Various: see full agenda for list (link below). 



1. Deaccession Report: Follow-up from August 16 meeting  

  a. Painting "Our Lady of the Golden Roses" at old City Hall

  b. Sculpture "Five x Five" at old City Hall

  c. "Fountain of Knowledge" by Elsa Flores at Biblioteca




  a. Soccer Stadium - review of recommended artists Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues (Citywide)

   b. Convention Center - review of finalist artists (Citywide)



  a. Approval of the Concept Design for the Starbird Youth Center Public Art Project by Johanna Poethig (Council District 1)

  b. Approval of the Concept Design for the Vista Park Gates Public Art Project by Bill Gould (Council District 10)



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  a. Approval of the design development proposal for San Carlos Street public art project by artists Steve Durie and Bruce Gardner (District 3)



View/download the full agenda packet for the meeting at:


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. 
Two Events Not to Miss!    



Cultivating Community

Dedication & Ceremonial Unveiling of an artwork by Valerie Raps


Date: Saturday, October 29


Time: 10:15 - 11:30 AM (Program starts at 10:30 AM)  


Location:  Tropicana Shopping Center on the Southwest corner of Story and S. King Roads on the Bank of America plaza. 


Please join us for the dedication of Cultivating Community by Valerie Raps. Cultivating Community is the first new artwork in the group of works that will comprise the Alum Rock Cultural History Corridor. Cultivating Community is about the deep, vibrant link between agriculture and community in this area. The artwork includes castings of the hands of community members whose lives are illustrative of this.  There will be a short program followed by a ceremonial unveiling of the work. 





Portal - A Public Projection 

Artist Reception and Public Art Walk with artist JD Beltran 


Date: Friday, November 4


Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM


Location: Reception begins at Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose; attendees will then walk and take pedi-cabs to view JD Beltran's public projection, Portal.


Please join us to celebrate Portal, a new work by renowned artist JD Beltran created in conjunction with Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose's Mammoth Discovery! exhibit. Portal reflects on the deep past, the collapse of time, and how we visualize time through art. Portal is projected each evening on the southwest fašade of the ATT building at S. Almaden Blvd. and W. San Fernando St. after sundown and running until 11:00 PM. This event is a unique opportunity to view and explore the artwork with JD Beltran.    


To learn more about Portal, artist JD Beltran and the Mammoth Discovery! exhibit go to www.cdm.org/portal.  


For more information about the Artist Reception and Public Art Walk and to RSVP, please contact Lisa Ellsworth by email at lellsworth@cdm.org or call (408) 298-5437 ext. 272.     


Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose is located at 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA


Public Art Committee Meetings & Public Art eNews Move To Bi-Monthly Schedule


San Jose Public Art eNews and the Public Art Committee have changed to bi-monthly schedules.


Regular meetings of the Public Art Committee will occur on the third Tuesday of every other month; the schedule for the rest of the 2011-12 fiscal year is:

October 18

December 13

February 21

April 17

June 19


Additional meetings may be scheduled if needed. Please check  www.sanjoseculture.org for meeting schedule updates and Public Art Committee agendas.


eNews will now be published every other month in the same months as the Public Art Committee meetings. 

City Hall Exhibits

Current exhibitions 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 exhibition spaces are located in various sites at San Jose City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA.


Now Showing:   


New Exhibits  

City of Champions: 2001, a San Jose Soccer Odyssey

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Through artwork, photos, memorabilia and much more, the
City of Champions exhibit features items dating all the way back to the late-'60s, the era that eventually led to the NASL version of the San Jose Earthquakes, but the year 2001 is the main focus. That year, San Jose became the only city in United States history where the men's and women's pro teams of any sport both won championships. 


For detailed background information on this exhibit, read the October 12 feature article by Gary Singh entitled Kickin' It in San Jose's MetroActive.


Location: 1st Floor City Hall Wing Concourse Exhibition Area (Outside the San Jose City Council Chambers)


On display during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 




San Jose/Yekaterinburg Russia:  Sister Cities Cultural Exchange Exhibits

The following two exhibits are the result of an artist exchange the took place earlier this year between artists from San Jose State University and Yekaterinburg Russia. They are components of a large and far-reaching international collaboration. Both the book and film about this significant cultural exhcange project, currently in production by the U.S. Department of State, are due out at the end of the year. For more information about this cultural exchange project please visit www.russianamericanexchange.weebly.com .



Seven Days-Sister Cities-Artist Exchange 

Seven Days-Sister Cities-Artist Exchange, a comprehensive installation of photography, video, sound and handmade book art.


Location:  City Windows Gallery     

In the storefront exhibit space along the 4th Street side of the City Hall complex.  


On display daily - all hours.  

  Sister Cities artist image 7 Days

Seven Days in San Jose 

Seven Days in San JosÚ, is a selection of sixteen photographs by photographers Ara Ahadi, Barbara Boissevain, Elena Polanco, Julia Weber, Jeffrey Opp, Sieglinde Von Damme, Eric Baral and Tamara Danoyan, graduate students in San JosÚ State University's photography program. Their work gives viewers a different perspective on familiar territory as the students photographed along side the Russian team.   


Location: San Jose City Hall Mayor's Lobby Gallery - 18th floor of City Hall    


On display 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday


The City Hall complex is located at 200 East Santa Clara Street, between 4th and 6th Streets in San Jose.


Both exhibits are open to the public and will be on view through Spring 2012.  




Continuing Exhibits  


Exhibition: Invention: A Celebration of Silicon Valley Innovative Spirit


Location: San JosÚ City Hall Tower lobby cases


On display during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM through November 2011




OrbSWARM. Robotic Orb created by SWARM, an international collective.Photo courtesy of the SWARM collective.


Invention: A Celebration of Silicon Valley's Innovative Spirit turns the spotlight on an eclectic selection of inventors, artists, designers, engineers, visionaries and tinkerers from all over the greater Bay Area,  giving the residents of San JosÚ an opportunity to celebrate their creative regional brain trust and unique identity, one that is envied the world over.







SJ Museum of Art Seeks Docents for Museum and Schools 


Would you like to get more involved in visual arts here in San Jose? Here is one upcoming opportunity from our partners at the San Jose Museum of Art.


The San Jose Museum of Art's Docent Council and "Let's Look at Art" Docents seek candidates for the 2012 docent training classes. Prospective volunteer Museum docents should have an interest in learning about contemporary art and in providing positive museum experiences for visitors. The "Let's Look at Art" program sends docents into Bay Area classrooms. A background in art is not required; a passion for lifelong learning is.


The Museum docent training and "Let's Look at Art" training begin in January 2012. The program includes seminars on the history of contemporary art, learning theories, art interpretation strategies, and touring techniques; selected readings, in-gallery training, and tour observations are also included.


An informational meeting for prospective docents will be held October 27, 2011. For more information visit: www.sanjosemuseumofart.org/about/volunteer-intern/docents


For more information on Let's Look at Art visit www.sanjosemuseumofart.org/about/volunteer-intern/lets-look-at-art



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.


The San Jose Public Art Program's  colorful, informative map of public art projects in downtown San Jose has recently been updated. The 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 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.   
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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