May 2012

Volume 5, Issue 3

San Jose Public Art eNews
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San Josť Public Art Program 
In This Issue
Explore & Enjoy Airport Public Art - By Phone!
Veterans Memorial Restored
Public Art Committee: Meeting Synopsis - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Current City Hall Exhibits
Explore Public Art
Quick Links
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Explore & Enjoy Public Art in the Airport's Art + Technology Program - By Phone!        


Do you want to know more about the hand s behind Hands? Or learn more about the creative minds behind Space Observer, e-Cloud and other artworks at the Airport? 


San Jose Airport's acclaimed Art + Technology Program now offers an audio tour, featuring the artists themselves! Whether you are traveling through the airport, driving by, in your armchair, or just about anywhere, you can access these interviews via phone and hear the artists talk about their work and the innovation behind the Airport's Art + Technology Program.


It's easy! Dial 877 265-8782 and press the corresponding numbers below. Press "#" to move from one artwork to another. 




Intro to program


Space Observer            






Small Wonders             


Shifting Time                




Wave Matter                 


Dreaming FIDS          


Courtesy of Nature      


Chronos and Kairos      


Sonic Gateway             





The same audio pieces are featured at the airport and include QR codes, allowing for ease of access while traveling with your luggage.


The audio tour was produced by local talent Steve Durie (audio editing) and Chris Gaoiran (voice over).


To download and print out a copy of this guide, go to:

Airport Art + Technology Printable Phone Tour Guide.


For more information  and a downloadable brochure about the Airport public art program, click:  Airport Art + Technology Public Art Brochure .  

A Beloved Memorial is Restored - In Time for Memorial Day   

  San Jose/Santa Clara Veterans Memorial


Artwork honoring local veterans of all wars and conflicts once again stands proudly.    


The memorial, located on Park Avenue near the Guadalupe River, was dedicated in 1997, following four years of design development and fabrication. A team of  five artists/architects (Stuart Basseches, Pablo Castro, Betty Y. Chen, Peter R. Coombe, and Daniel Heuberger) was selected from over 200 submissions in a national competition. The final artwork is comprised of 14 glass panels depicting photos and letters that were culled from over 4,000 items submitted by the community. Additionally a field of 76 white flags representing a call for peace fill the meadow behind the memorial as a place for quiet contemplation. Four bronze medallions representing the four branches of the armed forces encircle the base of an American flag nearby. After its completion, the artwork was gifted to the City  by the sponsors of the project, along with a fund for maintenance of the artwork. 


But, after many years without incident, nearly two years ago in separate incidents vandals broke 3 panels of the memorial. The cost of replacing the panels was more costly than the available funds that had been provided for the maintenance of the memorial. The City's Public Art team worked with representatives of the Veterans groups who had originally commissioned the artwork and with the original artists to find a more cost effective method of replacing panels in the future.

In March, the memorial was reinstalled with the new glass that cost a fraction of the cost of the original glass. That was the good news. In less than a week, one of the new panels was again broken by vandals, and while a replacement was quickly procured, the need for consideration of the future of the memorial became an immediate concern.  

A steering committee of Veterans, Art Commissioners, and others has been seated to consider how the memorial can continue to stand as an important tribute to the sacrifice that was made by so many. Issues concerning location, fundraising, and maintenance will be addressed.   

In the mean time, take a moment to stop by and see the refurbished memorial to our military heroes. 

 - Article reprinted from OCA's May 2012 Cultural Connection eNewsletter -    

Public Art Committee Meeting Notice



Meeting Location: City Hall,  200 E. Santa Clara Street,  San Jose 

                               TOWER - 13th Floor, Meeting Room T-1352    




1. Veterans Memorial Ad Hoc Committee 



1. Updates - various, as needed  







a. Review of the selection of artists Freya Bardell and Brian Howe to design, fabricate and install an artwork to be located in the Airport Pre-Security Large Showcases.









a. Review the final design development for the Japantown Mural by artist Tamiko Rast of Rasteroids (Dist. 3)


b. Approval of the design development proposal for the Colonia Tecne project by the BIOS Collective Jess Austin, Ripon De Leon and Charles Lee (Dist. 3)   

c. Approval of the Design Development Proposal for the McEnery Convention Center expansion public art by artist Soo-in Yang (Citywide)  

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. 

City Hall Exhibits


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:   


Welcome to Coyote Creek


A view of Coyote Creek. (M. Budziak)   
This exhibit was initiated by a group of San Jose
State University art students and their colleagues who were interested creating a community discussion to explore ideas related to San Jose's urban landscape. The group selected Coyote Creek as their subject because, as Santa Clara's largest riparian habitat and park, it provided them with an opportunity to examine the landscape and human impact upon it, the people who live alongside the creek, cleanliness and waste dumping and the urban condition. The exhibit includes the work of six artists: Alexanna Alvarado, Michelle Budziak, Morgan Chivers, Robert Fierro, Jay Ruland and Tim Walker.  



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 through July, 2012


The Healthy Art Program: An Energy Smart Exhibit


             The Art Inspector, taking away 'high carbon footprint' materials from artist's studio.

Created by The Art Inspector, Danielle Siem bieda, the Healthy Art Program is an ongoing project aimed a t assessing the energy consumption, material use and environmental impact of art making and at

educating artists about lowering their carbon footprints. Five Santa Clara County artists, Therese May, Shannon Amidon, Lori Krein, Genevieve Hastings and Christine Canepa, agreed to participate in an eco-makeover, allowing The Art Inspector into their studios to conduct an audit of their art supplies as well as an energy assessment of their working spaces and use of power tools. The transformation of the artists and their work can be tracked through the artists' blog.  


More information about this project and the exhibit can be found at www.artinspector.org  


Location:  City Windows Gallery     

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


On display daily - all hours.  




Exhibition: Invention: A Celebration of Silicon Valley Innovative Spirit


Location: San Josť City Hall Tower - lobby cases


On display during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM through Spring 2012


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 Josť an opportunity to celebrate their creative regional brain trust and unique identity, one that is envied the world over.



Seven Days in San Jose 

Part of the San Jose/Yekaterinburg Russia: Sister Cities Cultural Exchange that took place last year between artists from San Jose State University and Yekaterinburg Russia, Seven Days in San Josť 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 Josť State University's photography program. Their work gives viewers a different perspective on familiar territory as the students photographed along side the Russian team during its week of residency here in San Jose in June 2011.   


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 through Spring 2012.


The City Hall complex is located at 200 East Santa Clara Street,

between 4th and 6th Streets in San Jose.


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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