Streets come alive in Berkeley! Art, Environment and Community.

One Tuesday, April 24th members of the community gathered at the UC Berkeley Campus to celebrate the unveiling of several new pieces of public art. The art was placed on Utility Boxes owned by the City of Berkeley, and was paid for by the University of California Berkeley’s Chancellor Community Partnership Fund. The effort was produced by the Earth Island Institute’s Streets Alive Initiative, which aims to bring more art and nature to the streetscape. Local artists were chosen to design original works based on the theme of “Sustainability,” and the University worked in partnership with the City of Berkeley’s Civic Arts Commission to select and approve the art. The Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund contributed $20,000 to this effort, paying for art on 7 boxes around the campus edge.

The works unveiled today were:

1) “Plum Blossoms” and “Power Pole” by Robbin Légère Henderson at the corner of Berkeley Way and Oxford

2) “Leaf Study” and “Tree Cathedral” by Dotti Cichon at Shattuck and University

3) “Sending Signals” by Brad Aldridge at the corner of Hearst and Oxford

4) “Grow” by Erin Johnson at the corner of Durant and Telegraph

5) “Cross Section” by Keenan Gravier at the corner of Telegraph and Bancroft

Celebrating the new boxes was Associate Chancellor of UC Berkeley Linda Williams, City Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, Kira Stoll of the UC Berkeley Sustainability Department, Jennifer McDougall and Jim Horner from UC Berkeley’s Office of Capitol Projects, Julie Sinai from the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, Roland Peterson from the Telegraph Business District Association, Ariana Katovich from the Streets Alive Initiative, members of the Earth Island Institute, local artists and interested community members.

The walking tour included speeches by the artists who designed the box, a Q&A session with the printer and installer, Bay Area Sign Installation, and remarks from the University, the Earth Island Institute and Councilmember Arreguin.

(LoaTree Editor note: Big congratulations to Ariana Katovich, Earth Island Institute and the Streets Alive team for a job well done.  This article was printed with permission from Ariana Katovich.)

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