SOURCE: City of San Jose, California

January 16, 2008 00:08 ET

Mayor Chuck Reed and City Officials to Tour Who's on 1st/What's on 2nd With Project Artists

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 16, 2008) -

WHAT:        Who's on 1st/What's on 2nd (, a series of
             temporary multi-media artworks -- by San Francisco Bay Area
             artists -- along San Jose's main downtown public transit
             corridor.  Commissioned by the City of San Jose Public Art
             Program, a division of the Office of Economic Development, in
             partnership with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency and the
             Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), the art projects by
             eight artists and artist teams will be on display through
             Fall 2008 along First and Second Streets from St. James Park
             to Paseo de San Antonio in Downtown San Jose.

WHO:         A press conference and walking tour of the Who's on 1st/
             What's on 2nd project's first four installations will include
             the following:

             -- Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose
             -- Sam Liccardo, Councilmember, San Jose City Council
             -- Harry Mavrogenes, Executive Director, San Jose
                Redevelopment Agency
             -- Connie Martinez, Managing Director and CEO,
                1st ACT Silicon Valley
             -- David Bird, Dean and Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church
             -- Bill Fontana, Artist, Sonic Cascades
             -- Barbara Goldstein, Director, Public Art Program,
                San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
             -- Chris Eckert, Artist, Light Haiku
             -- pc muñoz, Poet, Light Haiku

WHEN:        5:30 p.m.
             Wednesday, January 16
             Tour is scheduled to conclude at 6:15 p.m.

WHERE:       Press conference and tour embarkation:
             Trinity Episcopal Church
             81 N. 2nd Street

             Tour stops:

             Sonic Cascades by Bill Fontana
             Trinity Episcopal Church
             81 N. 2nd Street

             Cultural Citizen Tree by Hector Dio Mendoza
             2nd and St. James
             Southwest corner of St. James Park

             Downtown Mirror by JD Beltran
             Installed at The Globe, a new Downtown
             San Jose residential building
             25 S. 3rd Street

             Light Haiku by Chris Eckert and pc muñoz
             Downtown San Jose south of San Fernando Street,
             between 1st and 2nd streets

BACKGROUND:  The project, the first curated, collaborative effort between
             the City of San Jose, the San Jose Redevelopment Agency and
             Valley Transportation Authority, embarks on the creation of
             the San Jose and 1st ACT Silicon Valley's "small wonders."
             1st ACT Silicon Valley, a network of business, civic, and
             cultural leaders whose mission is to inspire leadership,
             participation, and investment at the intersection of Arts,
             Creativity, and Technology, envisions  Downtown San Jose as
             Silicon Valley's City Center.  The vision emphasizes the
             importance of both "Big Deals" and "Small Wonders" in
             successful Downtowns.  Big Deals are significant development
             projects that anchor the Downtown Core and draw people
             initially to the location.  Small Wonders are the smaller
             scale projects providing attractive gathering spaces, and
             lively street life which "fill in" between the Big Deals, and
             keep people returning to Downtown as a special place.

Contact Information

  • Contact
    Steven Brewster
    (408) 535-8168 office
    (415) 577-8851 mobile
    Email Contact

    Helen de Runa
    San Jose Redevelopment Agency
    (408) 795-1807
    Email Contact