Resillient City - CODAworx

Resillient City

Client: San Jose Public Art Program

Location: San Jose, CA, United States

Completion date: 2023

Project Team

Project Management, Fabrication

Kow Kao

One Hat One Hand

Project Fabrication Director

Marcus Guillard

One Hat One Hand


Johanna Poething



Resilient City by Johanna Poethig was created through a commission from the San Jose Public Art Program for the new San Jose Fire Department Training Center and Office of Emergency Management. Fabrication by One Hat One Hand.


This work of art is a symbol in public space for these two different but related centers that work to mitigate disasters providing an operational and tactical responses in collaboration with and in service to the community.


At the base of this public artwork, fabricated out of layers of metal, rubble transforms into a uniquely organized pattern framed by rays that extend up behind the City of San Jose. The three figures in the landscape celebrate firefighters and emergency managers working for the safety of the public. The city of San Jose is represented in the downtown cityscape, local historic and cultural sites and neighborhood homes. The colors, metal finishes, composition and placement of the artwork works within the architectural lines of the buildings and colors at the site.

Additional Information

Additional Design support and Fabrication by One Hat One Hand.