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July 30, 2013 > County arts commission announces art installation

County arts commission announces art installation

Submitted By Piyapong Phongpatanakhun

The public artwork installation along Castro Valley Boulevard is scheduled to begin the week of July 29, 2013 and will be complete by early September. The artwork celebrates Castro Valley's natural environment and community and is part of the larger Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project.

The artwork, created by artist Miriam Klein Stahl in collaboration with Pippa Murray Mosaics, will be included on 35 seat blocks and two gateway markers. Silhouettes of the hills found around Castro Valley will be made in cut stone and predominately featured on the sides of the seat blocks facing both the street and the sidewalks. Additionally, the sides of several the seat blocks facing the sidewalks will feature images of local landmarks and community activities made in marble mosaic.

"The Alameda County Arts Commission is very happy to bring this artwork to Castro Valley. The artworks are both beautifully hand-crafted and celebrate the local community'" said Rachel Osajima, Director of the Alameda County Arts Commission. To help share information about the project, the Arts Commission created a short video update about the artwork in conjunction with the start of the installation. A longer 6-minute video describing the overall project is also available for background information. The public can watch the videos by going to YouTube and searching "Alameda County Arts Commission" to locate the page with both videos.

For more information about the overall Castro Valley Blvd. Streetscape Improvement Project, contact the Alameda County Community Development Agency at (510) 670-6112. For more information about the public art component of this project, contact the Alameda County Arts Commission at (510) 208-9646.

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