Downtown Shattuck Avenue
Public Art Sites
To provide an uplifting focal point for a growing Downtown, the Civic Arts Program commissioned two Berkeley artists to install major art projects at two locations along Shattuck Avenue.
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John Toki’s s' Hertogenbosch a 14-foot-tall abstract ceramic sculpture, was installed on January 14, 2003 on the brick plaza near the main entrance to the BART tunnel on the southwest corner of Shattuck Avenue and Center Street, in front of Original Pollo's Restaurant.
John Toki Press Release
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Wang Po Shu's deep-red painted steel sculpture An Earth Song for Berkeley was installed on Friday December 27, 2002. It is located on the pedestrian median on the north side of Center Street across from the new Kaplan Building on the commercial block called Berkeley Square.
An Earth Song for Berkeley
Wang Po Shu Press Release
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(Late) Miles Karpilow, Artist
Shattuck Avenue Sites
When Berkeley was incorporated in 1878, Shattuck Avenue was already established as the City's main street. The extraordinary width of Shattuck Avenue marks the former terminus of a spur line from the Southern Pacific railroad, including a station, freight yards, and tracks.
For many who travel to and through Berkeley, the image of Shattuck Avenue provides an introduction to the Downtown. Historically, Shattuck Avenue is the heart of Downtown commercial activity, especially retailing. These two attributes make Shattuck one of the most important streets in Berkeley in terms of history, visibility and image.
Shattuck Avenue and the adjacent Downtown is a real walker's environment. The human scale of sidewalks, storefronts and transit hubs creates a bustling intimacy among the students, workers, shoppers, commuters, theatergoers, and tourists using Shattuck and neighboring streets on a daily basis.
The first site is the southeast corner of Shattuck Avenue southbound at Addison Street. This corner is highly visible to pedestrians, as well as motorists turning from University Avenue south onto Shattuck to continue through the Downtown. The presence of a wide range of retail, restaurants and services is a strong characteristic of this and adjacent blocks. To the west is the Downtown Arts District between Shattuck and Milvia.
The second site, one block to the south, is the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Center Street. Center Street is a primary corridor for pedestrian circulation between the Downtown and the University of California campus to the east. Notable characteristics of the intersection include the downtown Berkeley BART station on the west side and a heavily used pedestrian and wheelchair-accessible path across the median strip. On the north side of Center Street (at 150 Berkeley Square), a new facility is under review which, if built, would redesign and modernize the existing structure (formerly the American Savings Building) and expand it from one to two stories.
Shattuck Avenue Public Art Sites Press Release
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