For the next 10 months, visitors to San Jose City Hall will be greeted by a 10-foot-tall working model of a planned "Climate Clock" sculpture that may someday become a be greeted by a 10-foot-tall working model of a planned "Climate Clock" sculpture that may someday become a Silicon Valley landmark.
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The metal structure, with three unfolding glass petals on the outside and a series of gears inside, is a model of a proposed solar-powered, 75-foot-tall kinetic sculpture entitled Organograph.
The project is the winner of an international Climate Clock competition sponsored by the city of San Jose's Public Art Program and San Jose State University and supported by foundation donations.
Artists in the competition, announced in 2008, were asked to design a work of art that uses Silicon Valley technology to measure changes in greenhouse gas levels, collect data for the next 100 years and educate people about climate change.
The winning Organograph was designed by Marin County artist and scientist Geo Homsy and engineers Chico MacMurtrie and Bill Washabaugh of New York.
The proposed eight-story final sculpture would cost up to $20 million and would require private and philanthropic funding, according to San Jose Public Art Director Barbara Goldstein. The cost could be lower if the project is done on a smaller scale, the city said.
Goldstarbara Goldstein. The cost could be lower if the project is done on a smaller scale, the city said.
Goldstein said the proposed location for the final sculpture is the Diridon Station transit hub in downtown San Jose.
"The display of the Organograph model showcases how our innovative region links art and technology to inspire public action on this pressing environmental issue," said San Jose Economic Development Director Kim Walesh.
"We hope private donors come forward to turn this design concept into an incredible working piece of art," Walesh said.
In the final sculpture, the three giant petals, intended to evoke a sun-seeking flower,rt," Walesh said.
In the final sculpture, the three giant petals, intended to evoke a sun-seeking flower, would open at dawn every day to collect solar energy and close at night.
For now, Goldstein said, the working model shows that cycle in 10 minutes in displays at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. every day.
The final sculpture would also rotate once a day and move slowly along a garden path that would indicate the change in average global temperature for the last century and the next century. Black marbles collected by the gears inside the sculpture would illustrate increases in carbon dioxide sent into the atmosphere.
Artists participating in the Climate Clock competition were narrowed down to three finalist teams in 2008. Each group then had a three-month residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga in 2009 or 2010, with a $50,000 stipend, to develop its design further.
The winning project was announced in March.
The model is in the City Hall lobby near the entrance on South Sixth Street at Santa Clara Street. A related exhibit about the competition is on the ground floor of the City Hall wing building.
Goldstein said the model went on display in mid-November and will remain on view until the end of September. A four-minute video describing the project can be seen at http://vimeo.com/37764908.
CONTACT: San Jose Public Art Director Barbara Goldstein (408) 793-4337
San Jose Communications Manager Lenka Wright (408) 535-8113
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