October 2012

Volume 5, Issue 7   

San Jose Public Art eNews
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San Jos Public Art Program 
In This Issue
Blossom Hill Pedestrian Bridge Public Art
Public Art Committee: Next Meeting - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Current City Hall Exhibits
Explore Public Art
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Public Art Enhances Public Safety on the Blossom Hill Pedestrian Bridge   



Photo credit: Vicki Scuri 


On September 28 residents in south San Jose joined civic leaders and officials from Valley Transit Authority (VTA) in celebrating the new Blossom Hill Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge includes public art elements by artist Vicki Scuri.


The pedestrian bridge crosses over railroad tracks and the very busy Monterey Road highway, providing safe passage for the residents of the vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhood on one side to the popular neighborhood mall on the other. Prior to its construction residents habitually made the dangerous crossing over the tracks and highway. With the tragic loss of a child's life in this location the community, City of San Jose leaders and the Valley Transit Authority committed to the bridge as a permanent solution.


Scuri, a public artist who has worked on many large scale transportation and infrastructure projects, joined this project when the bridge structure was already designed, leaving her to tackle the creative challenge of how public art could best enhance the bridge. The bridge's cherry blossom theme is the result of her meetings and conversations with community members from which she learned about the area history and ideas important to area residents.


Photo credit: Vicki Scuri 

The memory of the area's famed cherry orchards, once visible from Blossom Hill Road and attracting tour buses of visitors to the area, persists and their image in the artwork creates a connection to a fondly remembered past. The sun disks of cherries also represent the cycles of life and death and commemorate the death of a child on the tracks; the bridge, named Xander's Crossing, honors his passing and celebrates life and renewal, and provides safe crossing. The cherry blossom disks and color clearly enhance the beauty of the bridge when viewed from the roadway. They also cast shadow patterns onto the bridge that shift with the sun throughout the day; these are complimented by the same pattern, sandblasted into the bridge walkway. Taken together, these public art elements transform the bridge-crossing experience.

Photo credit: Vicki Scuri


For more information about artist Vicki Scuri and her work, please go to www.vickiscuri.com 


Public Art Committee Meeting Notice



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

                               WING - 1st Floor Meeting Room W-119    




a. Illuminating Downtown update

b. Public Art Program - staffing transition and budget update

c. Public Art Advisory Committee - update on appointments

d. Other



a. Update on Wired Wilderness   

b. Update on Spartan Keyes/Bestor Art Park public art installation 

c. Other







a. Approval of the Concept and Schematic Design for the Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park Public Art Project by Stephen Glassman (District 3)





a. Approval of the final Design Development Proposal by artist Bill Gould for public art to be located at Vista Park. (District 10)  

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 

New exhibits this month: Climate Clock, Asian Techniques and Traditions in Ceramic Art and San Jose Green Building Exhibit. Exhibit descriptions are below. There will be a reception for the new exhibits at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, November 7 in the City Hall Rotunda. All are welcome.

Fire Inspired: Asian Techniques and Traditions in Ceramic Art 

  Asian Inspired Ceramic Exhibition
The exhibit showcases a small but select sampling of the works created by seven contemporary ceramic artists working in the greater Bay Area. Although form, function, texture and surface color vary greatly, the work of all seven artists explores the sensory experience of clay. Each, in his or her own way, follows the Asian practice of marrying deeply established and satisfying traditions of function with evocative and modern visual aesthetics.    

Click here for more information about this exhibit.


Location: City Hall Tower - 1st Floor Lobby


On display during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM through March, 2013


Climate Clock    



Climate Clock Organograph model
Organograph concept drawing. 

The Climate Clock is a long-term project to create an iconic artwork for San Jose that uses Silicon Valley technologies to demonstrate climate change and affect behavior change. The exhibit in the City Hall wing niches describes the competition process, explores the work of the three finalists and showcases Organograph by Geo Homsey, Chico McMurtrie and Bill Washabaugh, the team that designed the award-winning project.


Location: City Hall Wing - 1st Floor Corridor 


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



San Jose  "Green Buildings" Exhibit     

J. Brooker_at Roosevelt Community Center
Urban Rain by Jackie Brookner at Roosevelt Community Center slows and filters stormwater from the building roof as it flows toward Coyote Creek.


The Mayor Council Lobby is the venue for the San Jose Green building exhibit. The exhibit highlights buildings constructed in San Jose during the Decade of Progress, showcasing the features that contributed to the buildings' success as LEED-certified 'green buildings'. 


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 September 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.  





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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