Even in a down economy, San Jose figures out a way to light $600,000 on fire:
The city of San Jose has received a grant for $600,000 from the ArtPlace national arts funding organization. The grant is expected to be used to support a pilot program, called Illuminating Downtown. The project aims to light up sites in downtown San Jose, combining themes including art, technology, and environmental sustainability. Some of the areas include the South First Area and San Pedro Square, with the first project being the downtown gateway of Highway 87 at Santa Clara Street.
So let me get this straight…install decorative lighting — at a freeway off-ramp — to demonstrate “environmental sustainability”??
The artist for the first project is Dan Corson, who previously helped prepare San Jose’s Diridon Station Area Art Plan. It is expected to be installed by winter 2013.
Wow, who knew Diridon station even had an Art Plan? Too bad there are no passengers to see it.