Maritime Commerce in Alameda-The Estuary of San Antonio

Submitted by Troy Corliss


Client: Target

Location: Alameda, CA, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $81,000

Project Team

Art Consultant

Brad Rollins

Point 2 Structural Engineers


Troy Corliss


The mural design creates an architectural accent to the pedestrian entrance on the front of the Target store at Alameda Landing. This printing process is an archival fired on ceramic frit material that is digitally transferred and then baked onto the glass panels during the glass tempering process. The entire mural measures 21' tall by 9' wide.


Historically, this location held close ties to the ports in San Francisco and the establishment of the transcontinental railroad before it was acquired and developed by the US Navy. Prior to development in the late 1800’s, the original channel, tide lands and salt marshes surrounding the “Estuary of San Antonio” were of significant ecological importance to the greater San Francisco Bay. The exact nature of this fragile shoreline and waterway can only be speculated on today. The history of the Alameda Landing as a transportation corridor is much more well documented, beginning with the established ranchero landings that existed along the Alameda Co. coast line through present day. The image is a composite design of historic and current photos and drawings.


The artwork was funded and placed by Target through the City of Alameda’s Public Art Program, Art in Private Development. The design and execution of the artwork was done in collaboration with the Target architectural design team during the construction of the building.