June 2012

Volume 5, Issue 4 

San Jose Public Art eNews
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San Jos Public Art Program 
In This Issue
Stratigraphy - Artwork at new Bascom Community Center Celebrates Culture, History
Looking Forward: Japantown Mural Project - Dedication at Obon Festival
Public Art Committee: Next Meeting - Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Current City Hall Exhibits
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Ron Baron's Stratigraphy Celebrates Culture, History at new Bascom Library & Community Center  


Ron Baron's artwork Stratigraphy is a major focal element at the new Bascom Library & Community Center. The artwork, cast bronze with richly-hued patinas, is set against earthy, patterned stone Located in the central covered plaza designed for gatherings and celebration Stratigraphy seems to emerge upward from out of the ground and wraps up and around the elevator bay to the 2nd floor landing.

Detail of cast bronze objects (G. Case).
Baron worked closely with the community in developing ideas and imagery for the artwork. He sees Stratigraphy as a celebration of the Bascom Avenue area community. The artwork suggests the idea of a cut-away at an archeological site that reveals a social history. An array of cultural artifacts tell a visual story of the area's culture and history in a vertical chronology: at the base, Native American baskets and acorns pay homage to the original Ohlone inhabitants; gold-mining pans, bottles, various fruits, cans and canning equipment, radios, electronic testing equipment, a historical survey of both MAC and PC computers and much more convey the region's subsequent eras. Stratigraphy also captures the pulse of activities in the Bascom Library and Community Center facility through familiar objects: balls and athletic equipment for the community center, and books that could be found in the library.

At the apex of the artwork an actual bronze fruit tree (in homage to the area's rich agricultural heritage) sends roots down into the stratum, and "blooms" figures from trophies; Baron included this as a whimsical suggestion of growth and aspiration, built on a foundation of "that which came before." Actual objects, some contributed by community members, were used in the creation of the artwork.


Detail of cast bronze objects including sporting equipment. (G. Case) 


The Bascom Library & Community Center is located at 1000 S. Bascom Avenue. The Community Center is now open to the public for Summer 2012 activities; the Library will open at a later date.


More information about artist Ron Baron may be found at www.ronbaron.net 


Looking Forward: Japantown Mural Project Dedication during Obon Festival on July 14th     
Japantown Mural Proj - C. Takada image
Preview of one of the artworks that will be in the Japantown Mural Project; a piece by San Jose artist Corinne Okada Takara.

Please join us on July 14th for the dedication of the Japantown Mural Project, a remarkable art and design project by Japantown artist Tamiko Rast and Rasteroids Design that has been in development for the past two years.

The Japantown Mural Project will be a colorful "urban gallery", a celebration of the vibrancy of the Japantown neighborhood and community through images and artworks by 50 San Jose artists. The content also includes references to the historic Heinleinville Chinese settlement that predated Japantown in the area.

It will contain more than 60 panels, each one about 5'5" high by 9' long
, installed on the City's Corporation Yard fence along Jackson Street between N. 6th and N. 7th Streets and extending part of the way up N. 6th Street.

The dedication of the Japantown Mural Project will be in conjunction with the 2012 Obon Matsuri Festival in Japantown on Saturday, July 14. The Mural Dedication is at 3:45 at the corner of Jackson Street and N. 7th Street. There will be a short program, followed by a walking tour of the entire mural project with lead artist/designer Tamiko Rast and some of the project artists.

This event is free and open to the public.
All are welcome.

More information about the Obon Festival is available at:
Japantown 2012 Obon Festival.

(Mural dedication event details at this link will be updated in the coming weeks.)

Public Art Committee Meeting Notice



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

                               WING - 1st Floor Meeting Room W-119    




a. ArtPlace Grant award for Illuminating Downtown

b. Other


1. DESIGN UPDATE (Discussion Item)

a. Review design update for Guadalupe River "Mammoth" artwork. (District 4) 


2. ARTIST SELECTION (Action Item) 

a.  Approval of a recommendation  for a design agreement in an amount not to exceed $90,000 with Dan Corson to develop permanent lighting projects for the spaces under SR 87 under and in between Santa Clara and San Fernando Streets. (District 3)






a. Approval of the concept and schematic design proposal by artists Freya Bardell and Brian Howe for Wired Wilderness, an artwork to be located in the Mineta San Jose International Airport Pre-Security Large Showcases. (Citywide)   



a. Approval of the updated 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. 

On Exhibit at City Hall 


Welcome to Coyote Creek


A view of Coyote Creek. (M. Budziak)   
An exhibit 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.  


Click here for more information about this exhibit. 


Location: City Hall Wing - 1st Floor Corridor 


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.

The Healthy Art Program, an ongoing project created by The Art Inspector Danielle Siembieda, is aimed at assessing the energy consumption, material use and environmental impact of art making and at

educating artists about lowering their carbon footprints.    


Click here for more information about this exhibit.  


Location:  City Windows Gallery     

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


On display daily - all hours.  




Seven Days in San Jose  


An exhibit of photographs from the San Jose/Yekaterinburg Russia: Sister Cities Cultural Exchange that took place last year between artists from San Jose State University and Yekaterinburg Russia.


Click here for more information about this exhibit


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.



Rotating exhibits at City Hall 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 San Jose City Hall complex is located at 200 East Santa Clara Street,

between 4th and 6th Streets in San Jose. The exhibit spaces are located in various sites throughout the complex.


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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