ARTWORK FOR THE
CORPORATION YARD GATES
Photo documentation of our visits to Eric Powell's studio to see the creation of the gates!
January 11, 2007 site visit
February 6, 2007 site visit
(Model by Eric Powell)
Artist Eric Powell Chosen to Complete the Artwork for the Corporation Yard Gates Public Art Project
The City of Berkeley is pleased to announce that the Public Art Selection Panel has chosen Eric Powell as the artist to design and build the access gates along the Bancroft Way frontage for the City owned Corporation Yard at 1326 Allston Way, Berkeley. This public art project is intended to lessen the visual impact of activities of the Corporation Yard for the neighborhood and passersby. Powell has created numerous beautifully designed and crafted large-scale metal works throughout the Bay Area with commissions including Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers.
The Selection Panel, composed of a professional metal artist, a Civic Arts Commissioner, two community members, a staff person from the Corporation Yard, and the City of Berkeley Disability Coordinator convened on September 12, 2006. The panel thoroughly engaged the artists in their presentations and posed a range of comments from the functionality of their proposal to the strength of the visual elements in transforming the site.
Eric Powell’s proposal incorporates symbols, such as railroad and farming tools, tying the narrative of the design to the history of the Strawberry Creek Neighborhood. Powell speaks of gates as “the focal point of the front of a building or grounds.” In addressing the goals of this public art project, he clearly intends the Corporation Yard Gates to be a positive “buffer, not a barrier” to the activities in the yard and to focus the design to inspire interest in the diversity and history of the neighborhood and community. The proposed gates are deeply representative of the site, complementing and enhancing its environment, and uses rich, tactile surfaces to invite interaction and examination from all who pass by.
Finalists’ Artwork Chosen for Corporation Yard Gates
The City of Berkeley is pleased to announce that the Civic Arts Program’s Public Art Selection Panel has chosen Eric Powell, Bryan Tedrick, and Vickie Jo Sowell as the three finalists to complete a professional model of the City owned Corporation Yard Gates. Each finalist or pair of finalists will be given an honorarium to create the model, which will be on display for public view. The finalists’ models for the Corporation Yard Gates will be displayed for public view from Monday, August 28, 2006 through Friday, September 8, 2006, from Noon-2pm, in the Cypress Room located on the 1st floor of 2180 Milvia Street.
Thirteen artist teams applied to the Artwork for the Corporation Yard Gates Call for Artists, which was opened to the public in March of 2006. A Public Art Selection Panel convened on June 29, 2006 at the North Berkeley Senior Center and carefully reviewed each artist application. The Selection Panel is composed of a metal artist, a Civic Arts Commissioner, two community members, a staff person from the Corporation Yard, and the City of Berkeley Disability Coordinator.
The group of finalists represents a well-balanced and diverse selection that encompasses the range of talent, esthetics, and mastery in large-scale metal art. These metal work artists possess distinct styles in gate design and insightful approaches to interacting with the Corporation Yard site and the surrounding community. All this translates into exciting possibilities for remarkable designs and ideas that will help inspire the neighborhood’s identity and pride.