3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge


Camille Utterback
Large scale projection
Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the City of San Jose and the San Jose Redevelopment Agency
San Jose City Hall Rotunda and Plaza
September 28 – October 6, 2007
Orchard Art Space
May 2, 2008

Abundance is a temporary public artwork created specifically for the San Jose City Hall Rotunda and Plaza. The artwork is a dynamic, abstract animation approximately 80′ wide x 60′ tall, projected on the west side of the City Hall Rotunda. Abundance changes and evolves based on pedestrian movement in the Plaza.

Unlike Utterback’s previous room-scale installations, which focused on individual’s gestures and trajectories, Abundance responds to larger pedestrian patterns such as groups of people coming together and dispersing. The work also reacts to the building’s architecture. Projected graphic elements bounce or change when they hit physical elements in the building’s facade.

The fluid, organic imagery of Utterback’s creates a subtle subversion of the bold geometry of Richard Meier’s edifice. And by providing a way for participants to temporarily inscribe their movements on the facade of City Hall, Abundance personalizes the site, altering participants’ sense of ownership and belonging to a place that is already theirs as a public civic space.