In the 19th century, a “moonlight tower” lit up San Jose. Now, the city has ambitious new plans to light up downtown and create a place that truly feels like the capital of Silicon Valley. Barbara Goldstein, public art director, City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, will discuss the Illuminating Downtown Program, which recently received a grant from ArtPlace America. The city is commissioning four pilot projects during the first year of this longterm initiative: a beacon, a gateway, a way-finding project, and place for public interaction. Goldstein will present designs for several of the pilot projects, including a dramatic “gateway” under the freeway by Dan Corson. His work, like all that in the program, will feature novel uses of light, high-tech strategies, and environmental sustainability.
Lunchtime Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of the month at noon in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center. Visitors are welcome to bring food and beverages.