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Press Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, (510) 981-7533

Berkeley Artist Kati Casida Revives Beloved Marina Structure

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, November 30, 2005) - In 1984, Berkeley artist, Kati Casida, created the “Sky Window” sculpture, located in Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina.  Besides enhancing the landscape, the “Sky Window” offers Marina visitors an opportunity to interact with art, as well as a teardrop window for viewing the surrounding landscape,  the Golden Gate Bridge,  the San Francisco Bay, and the sky.  This year, with funds from the Berkeley Public Art Program, Ms. Casida restored the "Sky Window" sculpture to its original liveliness and glow. 

Using various metals, Ms. Casida enjoys making sculptures, particularly for public places. The “Sky Window” is a tent-like aluminum 9' x 15'  x 12' structure originally commissioned by the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission. An elegant moss rock with seating for two sits in the center of the form where visitors may reflect on the beauty of nature, enjoy the sound of water, and gaze on the amazing view of the Bay.

Visitors express positive enthusiasm and enjoy interacting with the sculpture, often interpreting it in different ways.  According to Ms. Casida, “some visitors compare the teardrop shape to symbolize a peace sign or an Egyptian ankh …suggesting enduring life.”  However it is interpreted, visitors appreciate the newly restored “Sky Window” sculpture at the Marina. 

For further information on restoring Kati Casida’s “Sky Window,” please contact the Berkeley Public Art Program, located in 2180 Milvia Street, 3rd Floor, Berkeley, California, 94704, (510) 981-7533, or email mmerker@ci.berkeley.ca.us, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us.


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