Public Display of Reflection
An Update on the ArtStop Program
CSUSB Magazine – Spring/Summer 2006
It was the first art project commissioned for downtown San Bernardino in years and significant enough that then Mayor Judith Valles recessed the city council meeting that day to unveil ArtStop, a new spot downtown where passersbys can muse upon beauty.
The early October ceremony recognized 12 CSUSB art students and the spheres they designed and painted. Their participation in the project is just a piece of $200,000 in funding from Watson & Associates to Cal State San Bernardino’s art department that is planning a series of public art projects about town. CSUSB professor and internationally recognized artist Richard Johnston is working with students to create public art works to adorn parks and public areas.
Last spring students submitted their designs for ArtStop. A jury considered 18 of them and selected the 12 finalists. A few months later, the students put their designs to 24inch concrete spheres. They represent, said Sant Khalsa, chair for CSUSB’s art department, diversity, balance, and global perspective. This is the first of many public art projects to be produced by Cal State faculty, students and alumni.”
Arts and entertainment” is the theme of the artwork, which is intended, said San Bernardino’s downtown revitalization team, to add color and art.
But the art does not stop there. Art also will decorate University Park, the planned retail center across from CSUSB’s main entrance. The 1.7acre Chancellor’s Park, located at the entrance to CSUSB at Kendall Avenue and Campus Drive, will incorporate monuments honoring city of San Bernardino police and firefighters. And the Campus Drive entry will feature a large freestanding ceramic monument.
These projects mark an important partnership between the university,
the city of San Bernardino and Watson & Associates,”Khala said.
The student artists are: