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New pavement-level art in SoFA – x4


From left: Michael Ogilvie, City of San Jose Public Art Director: Leanne Lindelof, City of San Jose Arts Commissioner; Scape Martinez, artist; Ramona Snyder, vice Chair, Arts Commission; Bree von Faith, Marcom & Events Director, SJDA; Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, Executive Director, MACLA; San Jose City Councilmember Raul Peralez and son Jorge.

In September, a celebration of new art in Downtown took place at the intersection of South First and San Salvador Streets. In fact, the art being welcomed actually defines the four sides of that intersection. Four colorful, lavish blocks of color designed by local artist Scape Martinez occupy the crosswalks at the heart of San Jose’s arts district, SoFA.

The City commissioned Mr. Martinez to design the crosswalks to enhance the intersection after his original design in the center of the street had to be removed due to repavement and safety improvements.  Digital artist Corinne Okada Takara helped ensure that the application of Mr. Martinez’ design met crosswalk safety standards. The crosswalks were a project of the City Department of Transportation, Office of Cultural Affairs and San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA). Designed to last for many years, the four crosswalks are made of a pre-formed thermoplastic, and the City crew completed the installation in under a week.

The ribbon-cutting was celebrated by City Councilmember Raul Peralez (D3); Ms. Takara; Michael Ogilvie, San Jose’s Public Art Director; Leanne Lindelof, San Jose Arts Commissioner; Ramona Snyder, Vice-Chair of San Jose Arts Commission; Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, Executive Director, MACLA;  and Bree Von Faith, Director of Marcom & Events, SJDA.