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Oakland Museum Eames Exhibit

Inspired by Eames: A Conversation with Bay Area Innovators

Saturday, January 26, 2–3:30 pm James Moore Theater Join us for a special panel discussion examining how the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames has influenced Bay Area-based artists, designers, and dancers. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a thoughtful conversation with some of the Bay Area’s most inspiring innovators in the creative community. Limited seats available — grab your tickets today! Program ticket includes gallery admission and access to special exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames, closing Monday, February 18.

I LOVE this museum with its futuristic, historical, evocative and fun exhibits. They truly have so much to make you want to come back many times. The EAMES exhibit is fantastic, really well laid out, with so many types of design, furniture, model office spaces, videos…. AND SPINNING TOPS that you can try out and get a new DIZZY perspective (They are actual tilting seats)!  I enjoyed every part of this exhibit – The BEST is a long lineup of great exhibits!  And it is easy to get to on BART… no need to drive!  — the editor

Oakland Museum of California |1000 Oak Street @ 10th Street–Lake Merritt BART

Kickstarter: New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park

New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park

New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park

By The Lowline

What if the sun could shine underground? The people behind the Lowline asked themselves this question when they first imagined a park in an abandoned Lower East Side trolley station. Now they’re taking the next steps to reclaim this unused space by developing their solar technology, with the aim of creating a totally new kind of public space right under the feet of New Yorkers.

Stanford Art Walk Tour

This is a great time of year to walk through the Stanford Campus and enjoy the artwork, architecture and scenery.

There is so much artwork, you’ll have to look at a map. There is one available at the Cantor Art Gallery, this is also a great place to start your treasure hunt (aka art walk).

Angel of Grief

Don’t miss:

  • The Angel of Grief sculpture
  • The cactus garden on the walk back to the Cantor
  • Nearby you’ll find the Stanford Mausoleum (make sure to view both front and back sphinxes)
  • The Stone River next to the Cantor Arts is a wonderful 3-D treat to walk in and around
  • The Memorial Church is beautiful and a great place for a quiet meditation (Compline on Sunday evening is worth going to enjoy). there are many concerts here, and services too.
  • You must not miss the  Papua New Guinea sculptures – near Roble and Lomita Dr. this is a bit of a walk through the campus. If it is dusk or night, make sure to bring flashlights to see the amazing statues.

Take a look at this MAP it will help you find all the beautiful sculptures, architecture and points of interest. While you are in the Student Center area, relax and have a organic frozen yogurt. Fraiche yogurt is wonderful and not so sweet as others.

Telling your Company’s Story

Every company has a story:

  • How did the company start?
  • Who started it?
  • Where did it start? (a garage, an old warehouse, a stately bank building?)
  • Why does it have it’s name?
  • How many employees were there at the begining?
  • You’ll see how history helps shape the vision and values.

There are so many ways to tell the story, and ways to help your employees understand the timing, history and struggles that all work together to make “the company story”.   Take a look at this Wells Fargo website that tells the story of a particular building and the history that surrounds it:

Considered the oldest continuously operating bank building in the U.S., the neoclassical structure known locally as “16 Broad Street” was founded in 1817 by John C. Calhoun, the nation’s seventh vice president. Calhoun opened the bank as a branch of the Second Bank of the United States.

Knowing YOUR company and being engaged in their struggles and triumphs, helps us do better work and get involved in supporting our communities. We can make our work and community better with our great ideas, engagement, energy and volunteerism.

Gaudi – Mixing Nature, Form and Function

Gaudi Salamander BarcelonaThis incredible Spanish Architect, built creative buildings, interiors and landscapes that worked with light and natural forms.  He created something that is stunning, whimsical, inventive and inspring.

There are so many ways to learn more about him, he is celebrated for his fantastical buildings that were erected in the Catalan region of Spain.  His creations make any visit to Barcelona all the more magical. The iconic buildings and artworks share many common elements, but the inclusion of humor is definately one thing that sets them apart.

Gaudí’s position in the history of architecture is that of a creative genius who, inspired by nature, developed a style of his own that attained technical perfection as well as aesthetic value, and bore the mark of his character. Gaudí’s structural innovations were to an extent the result of his journey through various styles, from Doric toBaroque via Gothic, his main inspiration. – From Wikipedia

gaudi benchesAntoni Gaudi was a creative genius, that helped us experience architecture, art and space in a new way. His work is thrilling.

Google created a “doodle”  to honor him on his birthday this year (2013), he lived from June 25 1852 to June 10 1926.

Visitng his creations would be a “bucket list” item for anyone. Each enthusiast has a favorite, but you can pick your own! The serpentine benches at Guell Park are mine. To get you inspired, here are some of his buildings: