The installation of Albany Loop, a public art project approved by the City Council in January 2018 at the corner of San Gabriel and Portland Avenues is almost complete. Albany Loop is an interactive public art piece that transforms the area into an iconic and memorable space. The size and scale of Albany Loop have been thoughtfully considered, and intended to be a strong visual landmark, for not only those riding, walking, or scooting along the Ohlone Greenway, but for those passing above. The height of the letters has been scaled to be read from afar, while the remaining parts of Albany Loop twist and bend to create flexible and fun spots to sit, relax, jump and play.
Albany Loop was created by artist Brennan Cox, from Groundworks Office in Berkeley, CA. Cox’s Albany Loop and its location on the Ohlone Greenway were chosen after extensive review and community outreach that took place over the course of many years beginning in December 2015 which included meetings with City’s Park & Recreation Commission and Arts Committee, technical consultants, resident review panel, public display of 3-dimensional model, workshops and interaction with the artist.
The Albany Loop was made possible with funding from the City of Albany Art in Public Places Fund and Measure WW fund, the Regional Open Space, Wildlife Shoreline and Parks Bond extension approved by voters in 2008 which made funding available directly to cities for high priority community park projects. Albany Loop is the latest project to be realized as part of the Ohlone Greenway Improvement plan approved by the City Council in February 2016.
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