SAN JOSE / SANTA CLARA WATER POLLUTION

CONTROL PLANT ART MASTER PLAN

2011 • San Jose / Santa Clara, CA

The intent of this Art Master Plan is to provide opportunities for a wide variety of artists and venues over an extended period of forty years. Locations for art elements and enhancements will be focused within the five square miles of the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant, but also considered will be the three hundred square mile ‘waste watershed’ area it serves. The art must endure a technologically dynamic facility and be responsive to aesthetics and pragmatism in support of ecological literacy. All venues and collaboration arrangements are open: ephemeral or permanent, indulgent or civic, poetic or performed. The art will join in discourse with the Water Pollution Control Plant, the land and human nature.


“An educated discourse about the sewer necessarily starts with Hugo, for whom the sewer was a central, most potent image of society during France’s First and Second Empire. Hugo’s sewer is real and imagined, physical and symbolic, debased and wholesome, repulsive and fascinating…”

Miriam Engler, Waste Landscapes, referring to Victor Hugo


“In London they can find no better use for the excretion of four and a half million human beings than to contaminate the Thames with it at heavy expense.”

Karl Marx

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