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ORO Editions, 2008 - Architecture - 63 pages
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With a series of notebook sketches, models and photographic source materials, this volume details San Francisco-based artist Amy Trachtenberg's process for her award-winning public-art project "Groundwork," at the new San Jose Public Library, which addresses the local history of manual labor in agriculture. Poetic essays by writers Rebecca Solnit and Mary Burger.

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About the author (2008)

Amy Trachtenberg was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1955 and lived for seven years in Paris, studying art at L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des beaux-arts in Paris where she received the diplome d'arts plastiques. She lives and works in San Francisco, exhibiting nationally and internationally. A painter, she began to work with theater companies as a collaborator for new music and dance, designing sets and costumes for over twenty productions. Her work in public spaces began in 1999 with the commission for Art in Transit in the Millennium in San Francisco, Bodies Changed: The Natural History of Market Street, a series of 24 posters celebrating the cultural and natural history of the main artery in downtown San Francisco followed by The Atrium Project for Children's Hospital in Oakland, California, a permanent installation creating a restorative setting for children with environmental sensitivities. Currently she is working on integrated artwork in the design for a new BART Station, for a 1000-foot long rail station in the Silicon Valley. In 2008, Americans for the Arts granted her Groundwork project the Public Art Network, Year in Review award.

Rebecca Solnit writes extensively on photography and landscape. She is a contributing editor to Art Issues and Creative Camera and is the author of three books. She has contributed essays to several museum catalogues including Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach and the Whitney Museum's Beat Culture and the New America. She was a 1993 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Mary Burger is a writer, visual artist, and environmental designer, interested in cross-genre writing that merges aspects of poetry, essay, and fiction. Her books include THEN GO ON (Litmus Press, 2012), a collection of lyric prose pieces, SONNY (Leon Works, 2005), a novella on the Trinity bomb test, and A Partial Handbook for Navigators (Interbirth Books, 2008), writings about geography and social space. At various times she has been the editor of the literary journal PROLIFERATION, the online forum Narrativity and accompanying anthology BITING THE ERROR, and the experimental narrative press Second Story Books. She lives in Oakland, California, and practices landscape design under the name Seedbank.

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