Artist Joe Slusky's Calliope Sculpture Restoration
30 years, Joseph Slusky’s “Calliope” has been a critical part of the Berkeley
Marina, as well as a major contribution to the City of Berkeley’s public art
collection. This year, a small percentage of the City of Berkeley’s Public Art
Fund as well as a generous donation from Douglas Herst has helped return the
original exuberance to this extraordinary piece. Skilled
artist Josh VonNonn was hired to renew the piece; patching up nicks and dents,
re-painting the steel surfaces to bright, vivid colors and transforming the three-decade
old piece into a dazzling, colorful spectacle against the nautical backdrop of
the Berkeley Marina.
beautiful restored “Calliope” is displayed at the Berkeley Marina Mall on
University Ave between Marina Boulevard and Seawall Drive. An
opening reception for the restored sculpture was held at the Berkeley Marina Mall on Saturday, Oct 15th
at 12 pm. Mayor Tom Bates was in attendance, along with the artist and
restorer. Photos of the reception appear below. To see the postcard for the event and restoration CLICK HERE.
In restoring “Calliope”
to its original magnificence, the city preserves its valuable public
art collection for the public’s enjoyment for years to come.
Restoration efforts as of 6/19/16:
The Calliope sculpture had its first restoration in 2004. See the complete history here.