Public Art

From San Jose’s South Hall to City Hall, from Diridon Station along the San Fernando Corridor to the public library, from the new San Jose airport expansion to to Santana Row, wander through downtown San Jose and experience dozens of newly commissioned public art projects. For free.

Image courtesy of Patrick Lydon

Audio Ballerinas

Benoit Maubrey/ Audio Gruppe
The Audio Ballerinas (2010) use light sensors that enable them to produce sounds as they dance.
Thursday, September 16th, 6:45-8:15pm. Friday, September 17th, during AbsoluteZER0. Saturday, September 18th, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 5:00pm & 7:00pm.

Image courtesy of the artist.

A Champion Flock of Weed Eaters

Jed Berk
A Champion Flock of Weed Eaters (2010) reflects on the stewardship of land in urban space. Located on the greenway in front of Diridon station, the public artwork invites passersby to experience a fictive bucolic landscape populated with a flock of sheep and a curious “green” barn.

Image courtesy of Pia Malinis.

CITY/SPACE/SHARE_the architecture of urban insertions: (Op)Space

CCA URBANlab, School of Architecture, California College of the Arts
CITY/SPACE/SHARE (2010) is a pilot project intended to revitalize vacant storefronts and transform urban activity in the City Center of San Jose through spatial strategies that recuperate the street frontage, promote productive inhabitation and initiate micro-urbanisms that support the local neighborhood.

Floating World: A Camping Ground/Tent City for Displaced Human and Bird Song

Robin Lasser and Marguerite Perret
Twenty-four miniature disaster relief tents will be cantilevered off the railing gracing a bridge that crosses over the Guadalupe River at San Fernando Street in downtown San Jose from June – October 2010.

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Inflatable Architectural Growth

Chico MacMurtrie (Amorphic Robot Works)
Inflatable Architectural Growth (2010) is the first major robotic outdoor sculpture of American artist Chico MacMurtrie / Amorphic Robot Works using inflatable bodies technology.

Meandering River

Sabrina Raaf
Meandering River (2010) is a sculptural installation inspired by Hans-Henrik Stølum’s1996 article, “River Meandering as a Self-Organization Process,” which described the procedural mathematics that currently enable scientists to predict or reconstruct river morphology.

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Mobile Arts Platform (MAP)

Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari
The Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) (2010) is comprised of two large-scale, interactive sculptures that are “activated” by a mobile exhibitions program.

Image courtesy of Jessica Fong


Christopher Baker
offscript (2010) is an interactive projection façade located high above the Santana Row shopping district in San Jose.

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Oglala Oyate – Sister City for a Better Future

Rigo 23
Oglala Oyate – Sister City for a Better Future is a large-scale projection onto the side of the UFCW Local 5 building, near the intersection of San Carlos and S. 1st Street, during evening hours September 16-19, 2010.

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Particle Falls

Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga
Particle Falls provides a real time visualization of particulate pollution, which can be measured by laser light scattering, in the San Fernando Corridor using the latest laser projection technology.

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Play Me I’m Yours

Luke Jerram
Touring the globe since March 2008, ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ (2010) is an artwork by Luke Jerram that involves placing pianos in public spaces. Keep an eye out for the appearance of street pianos throughout downtown San Jose!

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen


Rockwell Group LAB
Plug-In-Play (2010) represents a playground of ideas related to how we engage our urban environments.

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Poetics of Dis-communication

Patrick Manning
Three steel monoliths containing large LCD screens, speakers, and computer and processing equipment will be installed near the San Fernando, Santa Clara, and Paseo de San Antonio stops. Input from web cameras built into the monolith will be scanned using custom text recognition software.

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Public Orchard

Studio for Urban Projects
Public Orchard (2010) will be made up of heritage fruit trees, a horticultural reference and seed library, a community kitchen, and hands on workshop space.

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

San Jose Public Art Program, San Fernando Corridor

For the 01SJ Biennial, the San Jose Public Art Program has commissioned five temporary, site-specific public artworks that will be installed along the San Fernando Corridor from June through October 2010.

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Yung Ta Chang
The acrylic tubes are bolted vertically to the ground outside the entrance of South Hall. Inside each tube is an array of motor-powered rotating red LEDs, a radio receiver, and speakers.

Image courtesy of Jaime Austin

Small Wonders

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, North Concourse
Meant to invoke a sense of wonder, a wunderkammer or cabinet of curiosities was a diverse collection of objects during the Renaissance and is considered an early form of the museum.

Image courtesy of Patrick Lydon

wind coil sound flow

Ken Gregory
wind coil sound flow (2009) refers to an electro-mechanical audio system that poetically reproduces the processes involved in operating an Aeolian Kite Instrument in the field.

Image courtesy of Jaime Austin

The Wunderkammer

Located at the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, The Wunderkammer will transform a display case and it’s intersecting column into a cabinet of curiosities.