Community & Public Art

The objective of The Crucible’s public art program is to foster partnerships between artists and communities to develop transformative, innovative, and inclusive community landmarks to organizations, developers, municipal entities, and others.

Commissioned Art Projects

We use site-relevant artists, experienced fabricators, professional project management, and our community-based educational focus to ensure more engaged stakeholders and a more collaborative outcome.

Laurel Neighborhood

2010: Tree grates, surround, trash cans, and bike racks for the City of Oakland
Lead Artists: Michael Sturtz, Buzz Volker
Commissioned by City of Oakland

Schools of Fish

2013: Multi-media project fabricated of foam, steel, and copper, glass
Lead Artists: Rob Nehring, Janet Heibert, Billy Hiebert, Chris Niemer, Tory Fink
Commissioned by the California Academy of Sciences

Steel Wave

2014: Free-form environmental sculpture installed in new residential development, 4′ x 56’
Lead Artist: Peter Kropf
Commissioned by Essex

Drawn To Luna

2015: Environmental sculpture installed in new residential development, 2.5’ diameter
Lead Artist: Peter Kropf
Commissioned by Essex

Key to the City of Oakland

2015: Ceremonial key presented to dignitaries from the Mayor of Oakland, 1′ long
Lead Artists: Jeremy Crandell, Nick DiPhillipo
Commissioned by The Office of the Mayor, City of Oakland

Bronze Medallions for Hilltop Park

2016: Medallions depicting themes in the history and culture of the Bayview neighborhood, 1′ diameter
Lead Artist: Denise Snaer Gauder
Commissioned by the Trust for Public Land

Youth Community Art

Our approach is to create site-specific art installations that emphasize collaboration and connections with our industrial arts education programs, particularly with young artists and fabricators from underserved communities.

Chicken Coop

2010: Wood and steel fabricated for Oakland International High School, 4’ x 7′ x 4′
Lead Artists: Matt Wolpe, Kevin McElroy
Commissioned by contributions to The Crucible

Black Panther Project

2012: Glass mosaic sculpture by Edna Brewer Middle School students, 3’ x 6′ x 4.5′
Lead Artist: Rachel Rodi
Commissioned by PTSA of Edna Brewer

The Bike Bridge

2012: Welded sculpture of recycled bicycle parts, 20’ x 20’
Lead Artist: Michael Christian
Commissioned by the Black Rock Arts Foundation

Gates to City Slicker Farms

2015: Steel ornamental gates to new West Oakland urban gardens, 6’ x 10’
Lead Artist: Crucible Pre-Apprentice Program students
Commissioned by City Slicker Farms

Sculptural Tree

2015: Steel fabricated and forged for Oakland International High School, 8’ tall
Lead Artist: Brian Enright, Oakland International High School students
Commissioned by contributions to The Crucible

Public Art Sculpture

2016: sculpture depicting industrial tools, installed in front of The Crucible, 12’ tall
Lead Artists: Crucible Pre-Apprentice Program students
Commissioned by contributions to The Crucible

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