Category: public art


AC Transit’s BRT TEMPO Line 7 year long public art project with Lead Artist Johanna Poethig and Mildred Howard with Peter Richards and Joyce Hsu is now featured in a book featuring photographs by Lewis Watts and Raymond Holbert and an essay including interviews with the artists by Leila Weefur. This document collects this 9 mile artwork for 34 Stations and almost 300 connected unique works of art into a layout that reveals its flow of ideas, images and materials.

The book is available through emailing

You can see a PDF of the book on the website here:

Cultural Corridor/Urban Flow is a 9 mile public art work created by the Team Johanna Poethig (a Mercury 20 Gallery artist), Mildred Howard, Peter Richards, Joyce Hsu which employs a ribbon of words and neighborhood iconography to enhance the new AC Transit Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line that connects downtown Oakland, International Boulevard, to San Leandro. Workshops with Oakland’s “Youth Uprising”, San Leandro residents and the broader community, informed, inspired and guided the artists design process. Local poet and writer Elmaz Abinader contributed to the text as it was developed resulting in a 9 mile long poem. Light responsive honeycomb-hex panels, designed for the Enhanced Stations, punctuates the lively visual environment as they respond to people and vehicles moving by. Each Station is a landmark riffing on the unique cultural and social environment of the surrounding neighborhood. Cultural Corridor/Urban Flow considers transportation in the context of all the human constructed systems which enable us to live and prosper on this planet. Moving people and goods freely from one place to another, along with education, communication, commerce, clean water, energy, waste management are just a few of the ways we have devised to provide for fulfilling lives. A sign of a healthy society is when all of these systems flow together in harmony. This is an unfolding work of art that offers a continuous experience of discovery along the TEMPO BRT route.


Johanna Poethig Performs with Chris Brown in Germany and Completes Mosaic Commission for City of Oakland

Johanna Poethig recently presented and performed with composer Chris Brown at the Atelier Siegele in Darmstadt, Germany. They showed their video “Music of the Lost Cities” and did an electronic music and performative reading of the High Stakes Divination Cards.

Johanna recently completed a 9′ x 65′ glass mosaic commissioned by the City of Oakland Public Art Program at Rainbow Recreation Center on International Blvd. which will be dedicated this spring.

Jill McLennan creates “The Birds of Jingletown” public art project in Oakland

Jill McLennan watches Jingletown, her neighborhood of 14 years, transform into a community of development. McLennan has completed her first public art project with Madison Park Development Corp. in Jingletown at 401 Derby Ave. She designed 12 panels depicting birds flying over the Oakland and Jingletown skyline, framing the entryway with a 40’ visual screening above and the main doors, reviving the wetlands, below. Working directly with Claire Han of Madison Park, and the architect, Toby Levy, she partnered with DEKA Fabrications and GK Welding to fabricate the pieces.

McLennan’s concept for this piece is to emphasize the mixed use history of this neighborhood and to celebrate the balance that exists between residents, businesses and the natural environment. The industrial nature of the material, steel, reflects the steel industry that once dominated Jingletown. The skyline depicts vantage points throughout the neighborhood, both local details and familiar views of Oakland and Mt.Tam. The birds in flight and on wires are based on direct observation of the activities of birds living here, migrating through and filling our neighborhood with activity and song. The birds are also a metaphor for the people, coming and going, roosting and nesting, working independently and as a community to create a place to call home.

AC Transit Cultural Corridor/ Urban Flow Public Art Project

Johanna Poethig’s  public project for AC Transit with team Mildred Howard, Peter Richards and Joyce Hsu is featured in their newsletter:

With construction now in full swing to build the East Bay’s first Bus Rapid Transit system, we thought now would be a great time to help you get a sense of the artwork that will grace the completed BRT stations. We believe the beauty of the artwork can be a sustaining image as you journey with us through the year-plus construction process.

Extensive input from the community helped create the artwork theme of “Cultural Corridor/Urban Flow.” All 34 stations will have windscreens as well as decorative handrails that flow into the station platform. Seven stations will have “artistically enhanced” windscreens. The honeycomb panels on the windscreens of the stations are reflective and will show the ever-changing movement (flow) of passengers, buses, lights and even the shifting sky above.

Johanna Poethig, Mildred Howard, Peter Richards and Joyce Hsu, artists for the BRT station artwork project, comment on their work:

“The BRT project, Cultural Corridor/Urban Flow, draws a ribbon winding through the neighborhoods like a creek, a metaphor for the flow of people, cultures, businesses, natural and urban environments along the corridor.  As transportation systems are inherently linear this unfolding visual poem complements this exciting new bus line.  What we were seeing and trying to capture is the diversity of the neighborhoods and the people. We who live in the East Bay know that what we are doing is broadening our love for the city to those passing by and those who live here.”

The diverse neighborhoods along the BRT corridor will be served by 34 stations. The artwork that connects all the stations is a visual poem of images and words that tells the many rich and history-filled stories of the diverse neighborhoods along the 9.5-mile BRT route. Downtown San Leandro, Elmhurst, Havenscourt-Lockwood, Fruitvale, San Antonio, Eastlake, Chinatown and Uptown/Downtown Oakland, are but a few of the neighborhoods along the BRT corridor.