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Fruitvale Plaza Park


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by Lara Hata

Fruitvale Plaza Park is a public art project in the Fruitvale area of Oakland completed in 1999.

My redesign of the corner park at 35th and East 14th in Oakland includes broken mosaic tile work, floor tile, historic narratives an information kiosk for the community and redesign of the entire site for pedestrian flow, functionality and community aesthetics.

After being awarded the commission, I invited the amazingly talented and brilliant sculptor and builder Rod Garrett, of Oakland California (and architect of Burning Man) to work with me on all aspects of implementation. We had a great time.

The project involved a lot of community participation, and I am forever beholden to the wonderful people who lent us a hand.

photo by Paul Baker
View of broken mosaic tile bench, which took two months of on site work to create.


photo by Paul Baker

Detail view of broken mosaic tile bench, with Talavera tile.

photo by Lara Hata
View of community information kiosk with historic vignettes in ceramics.

photo by Paul Baker
View of broken mosaic tile floor piece, represeting Sausal Creek, which in now culverted through pipes underground.

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