Home of the Bulldogs: 24th Street Westbound9/7/2016 2:12 PM |
This post is part of a series about the public art installed throughout the Alum Rock-Santa Clara Bus Rapid Transit project. Artists Claudia and Franka of Merge Conceptual Design were the lead artists responsible for developing the art based on extensive research and community involvement. The project will provide just over 7 miles of rapid transit service from the Eastridge Transit Center to downtown San Jose.The 24th Street Westbound station of the Alum Rock-Santa Clara BRT project includes public art that represents the nearby San Jose High School, the home of the Bulldogs.
The school is the second oldest high school in California and has graduated many notable alumni including: Rep. Mike Honda; former San Jose Mayor, Congressman and US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta; journalist Rigo Chacon; and former Rep. Don Edwards.
San Jose High School alumnus Danny Garza, who participated in the planning of the station art, says the school is a “gem” because of its International Baccalaureate program and special place in the city’s history. Learn more about the school’s history from the San Jose High School Bulldog Foundation, which provided the artists with information to inspire the art for the station.
The central theme of the station’s windscreen is the "Big Bone Game," the annual football game between San Jose High School and Abraham Lincoln High School, held since 1943. The trophy, in the shape of a bone, references the trophy of the first game, which was a large steer leg.
Additional features of the design evoke other aspects of San Jose High: The mascot, the bulldog; the class song as taken from an early San Jose High School commencement program; names and graduation years of notable alumni; and graduation ceremonies with the tossing of the mortar board caps in the air.
“A lot of our students do take the bus there,” said Garza. “I’m sure they’re going to be really proud to see [the art]. But we did it for the history, preserving the history of San Jose.”