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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Prescott-Oakland Point News

Oakland Museum to get first face-lift- The renovation begins January 2, 2008. Phase I will reconfigure the Art and History Galleries and enhance the Oak Street entry with an ADA ramp and a steel canopy by 2009, in time to mark the museum’s 40th anniversary. Phase II, set for 2011 completion, includes the Natural Sciences Gallery, educational facilities, and the museum store. A portion ($7.5 million) of the Measure G funds has already helped create the museum’s new California Collections and Research Center (CCRC), an off-site collections storage facility.

Two of three main galleries to close Dec. 30 for $53 million remodeling, read more

Middle Harbor Shoreline opens - Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland unlocked their gates after workers finished removing oil that washed up after the container (Cosco Busan) ship struck the base of a Bay Bridge tower in the Nov. 7 accident, spilling 58,000 gallons of fuel oil into San Francisco Bay.

For a Middle Harbor Park flyer, click here or map here

Building a land of GIANTS-Danville artist creating a sculpture monument of human rights leaders

Chiodo Art Development - It was a combination of Maya Angelou and a fight that propelled Mario Chiodo on the journey that has landed him in a West Oakland warehouse, where he's sculpting what will be the largest bronze sculpture west of the Mississippi.

"Remember Them: Champions for Humanity" features the sculpted figures of 25 of the world's most inspirational people of the last 200 years. The new Henry J. Kaiser Sculpture Garden in Oakland's Fox Square will be home to the monument, with installation planned for fall 2009.

The area behind the old Fox Theatre is being called Oakland's new art district; the monument will be the focal point, totaling more than 1,000 square feet, with the highest point 21 feet high.