Artwork within the Building Zone will transfer to the brand new downtown San Jose

You may have visited the “Civic Stage Set”, a painted steel sculpture by the artist David Bottini, often without realizing it, colorful but inconspicuous next to Parkside Hall in downtown San Jose. You can’t see it at all these days as the pop art piece is behind the site fence as work on projects continues on Park Avenue.

But at some point in the future, “Civic Stage Set” will move to a new home in the Children’s Discovery Museum. San Jose Public Art Director Michael Ogilvie The city’s cultural bureau has been working on a relocation plan for years since plans were announced for the development originally known as Museum Place.

“It’s a great example of minimalist pop sculpture from the 80s and a reference to David Bottini’s work from that period,” said Ogilvie. The Children’s Discovery Museum location was chosen because it is yet another civil site designed by the renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta (who also designed the tech) that compliments the piece’s modern, geometric design, said Ogilvie.

“We believe this new location will respect, honor and celebrate this work of art and invite new audiences to enjoy it in the future,” he added.

Both the Children’s Discovery Museum and Bottini – a noted Bay Area artist who graduated from San Jose State – were involved in the move plan, which is actually a direct result of what happened to Bottini’s earlier contribution to the art inventory in the Downtown San Jose has happened.

Bottini’s “Great Planes Study VII,” a twenty-foot-long abstract sculpture, had been on display on Market Street since its purchase by the city in 1976. It was modern and not universally popular (the Chamber of Commerce apparently planted a tree umbrella around it, blocking it from their point of view), but it was San Jose’s first foray into public art.

Almost a decade later, when the Fairmont Hotel was being built on the site, the piece was damaged when the contractor tried to move the £ 7,000. Sculpture, and it ended up being scrapped. Nobody said anything until David Allen – the city’s public arts coordinator – stopped by months later and noticed he was missing from his base.

Bottini – who wasn’t told the Great Planes Study was being moved to make way for the hotel – could have caused quite a stir. The city helped smooth things over, however, by agreeing to spend $ 25,000 on the purchase of the “Civic Stage Set” for Parkside Hall, which at the time served as the city’s convention center. And the San Jose Art Commission added rules to ensure artists are informed and involved when their pieces are moved.

That’s why the cultural office made sure that Bottini – who is still in the area working on pieces for a new show – was part of this change from the start.

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