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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall Updates, New Artists and Upcoming Walking Tour to Come

           With the changing of the season, Streets Alive! has been working hard in getting new works of art installed in and around downtown Berkeley. Through the collaboration of some new sponsors we present to you some of our most recent additions to our Streets Alive! collective of artists.

            Laura Nagle was chosen and sponsored by our local Whole Foods to artistically embellish the utility box at the corner Center St. and Oxford. Vibrant fruits and veggies splash across the box contrasting with a deep blue background. In the distance one can make out the Golden Gate bridge amongst the San Francisco cityscape. In the foreground UC Berkeley's Campanile clock tower rises out of an array of oranges, beets, limes and grapes. Nagle's work aims to raise awareness of sustainable agriculture in the San Francisco Bay Area.

            Jose Gonzalez, Morgan de Lorenzo, Diana Fenstemacher Ritchie came together to produce a box through the sponsorship of Berkeley City Council Members Jesse Arreguin and Kriss Worthington. This utility box, located on Bancroft and Oxford, features a Barn Owl, Berkeley City's official bird. The design motif is inspired by that of the United Farm Workers as a representation of the working migrant families living in and around the Bay Area. Through an acknowledgment of the changing seasons, cultivation and harvest, the box features a sun, moon, seed and soil. Their work embodies the processes of agriculture through the use of lively color and striking patterns and imagery.

            As we kick off into Fall, Streets Alive! has been busier than ever. As our project has gained increased support, new negotiations have been in progress as we aim to meet all of our goals for the upcoming end of the year. With 7 more installations due to hit the streets soon, stay tuned for an upcoming walking tour to take place in early October!

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