For new mud brick homes on Old Adobe

In 2007 Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal build a mud brick house, similar to our notion of adobe, on the grounds of Montalvo in Saratoga, as part of his residency there. I recall doing a photo-shoot there — analog, disposable camera even — with the artist Stacey Carter, a Maryland-bred blond, who was also Paula Kirkeby’s office assistant during her commission term — and I interviewed the artist by phone for KZSU and I had dinner with him and several others, including Gordon Knox the artistic director at a Paki restaurant in Santa Clara.

saratoga mud bricks by wafaa bilal

saratoga mud bricks by wafaa bilal

The other day I spoke to Policy and Services about the under-utilized Esther Clark Park which has a marker for the Juana Briones adobe that Palo Alto once had (once, and for 200 years). I think it’s a $50 million asset and we get way less than $1 million use out of it. How about: PARK>

What about hiring Wafaa Bilal to build a cluster of adobe there?

esther clark park palo alto near juana briones adobe former site looking rather bierstadt fall 2014 photo by mark weiss motox4

esther clark park palo alto near juana briones adobe former site looking rather bierstadt fall 2014 photo by mark weiss motox4

i would support on the other hand a 101 foot bat column by oldenburg

i would support on the other hand a 101 foot bat column by oldenburg

edit to add: I read this into the record at 8:31 today and commission or board chair Lee Lippert said that at 10:16 there will be an earthquake drill. Meanwhile we of the ARB are talking 3672 Middlefield continued from Sept. 18 hearing about antenna: I may speak and say “continued from Sept. 18 there is still no center field foul pole in baseball but if you can buy a claes oldenburg bat spinning at the speed of light you can hang what doohickey you like from that. which might take 30 seconds.

alex blandino the former jordan middle school student who played 63 games for the reds affiliates in dayton ohio and billings montana told me sunday that there were no center field foul poles in those two sites either. what says pete fukuhara?

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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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