Climate Clock Initiative gets some traction
Making time to blog has proven more difficult than I imagined. The past couple of weeks have been utterly crazy. My only excuse is that we are 360 days out from 3rd 01SJ Biennial!
I have to say the enthusiasm level emerging from the many conversations I've had recently with organizational and biennial sponsors, partners and investors has been extraordinary. I am very confident that the focus, scope and dynamic of 01SJ will deliver a substantive and critically acclaimed program. Cross your fingers the economy continues to improve. Certainly, the strategic positioning of ZER01 as a broker of partnerships with some of Silicon Valley’s leading cultural organizations, corporations and academic centers is resonating. We've a long way to go, but everyday brings new confidence that we are on the right track.
Some very good news to share. The Climate Clock, a collaboration between the SJSU CADRE Laboratory, San Jose Public Art Program, Montalvo Arts Center, San Jose Redevelopment Agency, 1st Act Silicon Valley and ZER01 got some serious traction recently. The initiative was selected to be included in the strategic planning for the build out of the San Jose Diridon Train Station. The station will be Northern California’s largest ground transportation hub linking with the planned new high speed rail system. As many of you know, the Climate Clock will be an iconic landmark public artwork for the City of San Jose incorporating the latest and emerging Silicon Valley technologies to help people understand climate change while encouraging them to continue reducing their carbon footprint on planet earth. This decision represents a significant step forward for the project. Secondly, generous grants from the Packard Foundation and Bank of America will go to support second phase concept designs for the site location to be developed by three international artists led teams selected from more than forty submissions. These next stage concepts will be presented at the 3rd 01SJ Biennial. The artists teams are:
Freya Bardell, Brain Howe and Brent Bucknum
Usman Haque and Robert Davis
Chico Macmurtrie, Geo Homsy, Bill Washabaugh and Gideon Shapiro