From Bears to Beasleys: A Century of Public Art on the U.C. Berkeley Campus
Photos: Steven Finacom
Sunday, 9 March 2014
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
$25 per person
Campus Art Walk
P.O. Box 1137
Berkeley, CA 94701
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Stroll the U.C. Berkeley campus in the company of two experts for a unique look at the university’s outdoor sculpture and public art, both old and new.
Renowned Oakland-based sculptor Bruce Beasley and community historian (and U.C. staff member) Steven Finacom will co-lead this excursion through a sculpture collection that dates back to 1900 and includes the works of notable artists, from Alexander Calder to Douglas Tilden and Gutzon Borglum. Beasley and Finacom will share the intricate history of outdoor art on the campus, from a larger-than-life bust of Abraham Lincoln to a bevy of golden bears, allegorical New Deal mosaics, and a set of silvery rings “floating” in a reflecting pool.
Finacom will talk about the history of the art collection and the stories of the older individual pieces. Beasley, who is a Cal alumnus and currently has five monumental sculptures from his “Rondo” series on exhibit on the campus, will discuss his own works and comment on the other pieces of art and his days as a young artist studying at Cal.
There will be a mid-walk break for coffee and light refreshments.
The walk covers most of the campus and may include steep paths and stairs, although alternative routes can be identified for the mobility impaired.