Fire Station #17

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Client: City of San Jose, CA

Location: San Jose, CA, United States

Completion date: 2008

Artwork budget: $150,000

Project Team

Artist

Gordon Huether

Client

City of San Jose

Overview

Huether incorporated industrial materials (a re-purposed aluminum aircraft fuel tank) to complement the station’s straightforward architectural plan and simple building materials. Laser cutting techniques and dichroic glass insets transform the fuel tank into a lively beacon on the busy boulevard streetscape. By day, sunlight interacts with the glass to create moving patterns of colored light on the ground. By night, lit from within, the fuel tank glows. The sculpture serves as an icon that contributes to the identity of the fire station and the community.