City of Berkeley removes ‘Berkeley Big People’ statues from Interstate 80 bridge

Photo of Big People statues on the I-80 pedestrian bridge
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Berkeley’s Civic Arts Commission voted to deaccession both 'Berkeley Big People' statues in July 2019 following a conservator’s assessment that found 'systemic material failure' caused by the use of 'unsuitable materials' in their construction.

After 12 years atop the Interstate 80 pedestrian and bicycle overpass, the “Berkeley Big People” statues have been removed by the city of Berkeley due to their costly maintenance and repair needs, as first reported by Berkeleyside.
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City calls for BART plaza sculpture submissions

Calling all artists: until the end of the month, the city of Berkeley is looking for a sculpture to be featured as part of the renovated Downtown BART plaza. The open call is for an already-made sculpture to be featured in the plaza.
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