Sonic Runway – a huge hit when the colorful artwork was on display in downtown San Jose for four months starting in late 2017 – is returning to City Hall Plaza next year. And this time it will take at least seven years.
Installation by artists Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant consists of a series of arcs that combine light and sound to visualize the speed of sound. Sonic Runway – the first to be loaned by Burning Man Arts as part of the Playa to Plaza initiative – became a platform for performances by musicians like San Jose Taiko and Wil Calhoun, and ended with a fashion show featuring local designers.
“Although we knew the artwork was going to be popular, it far exceeded our expectations,” he said Kerry Adams Hapner, San Jose Director of Cultural Affairs. “The response from the community was incredible and we had so many inquiries about how we could make the work of art permanent.”
On Tuesday, the city council approved a $ 500,000 agreement for the artwork, with much of the funding coming from the city’s temporary property tax set for the arts and outside grants. The piece should be installed by late spring 2020, but it could be earlier if the weather cooperates. While this is the same as the footprint of the previous Sonic Runway, it’s a new version designed specifically for space, with new lighting and sound.
“We are very excited that this is an opportunity to take the installation to the next level, beyond what we were able to do before,” Jensen told the city council. “It’s a completely new design that is being integrated into the architecture. We have a new technology that allows us to send different sounds to each speaker. This opens up a wide range of opportunities for us to work with artists and musicians. “
Trezevant told the council it was a “blessing” to install the piece in San Jose and that the artists were impressed with the gathering of community that created it. “Every time we’ve been here, we’ve seen families, multi-generation groups, youth and children. Everyone from every cross section of San Jose, of age and lifestyle, was there to enjoy it, ”he said. “We look forward to bringing it back to San Jose.”
MUSIC IN THE BAD HOUSE: Poor house bistro owner Jay Meduri is preparing for the seventh annual Lil ‘Easy Backyard Party at the New Orleans-style restaurant in San Jose. Once again, the music festival is held in memory of Sally Meduri, Jay’s mother who died after a stroke in 2012, to raise money for the Stroke Awareness Foundation.
The party on Sunday consists of six bands on two stages from 11 am to 8 pm, including the Delgado Brothers; the guitarists with Chris Cain, Daniel Castro and the mighty Mike Schermer; Maxx Cabello Jr., Gary Smith and the Houserockers; Andre Thierry; and Wendy DeWitt & Kirk Harwood. Tickets are $ 60 and can be purchased at the Poor House Bistro, 91 S. Autumn St., or online at Poorhousebistro.com.
FESTIVAL WITH REAL BUZZ: Coffee Palooza, an all-day event at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, celebrates and increases the average cup of joe on Saturday with tastings, an aeropress contest, workshops, and vendors. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit tono.coffee/palooza.