Public Sculptures by Sheila Ghidini seen at 5616 Bay Street, Emeryville - Ohlone Memorialization Project

Ohlone Memorialization Project

At 5616 Bay Street, one can find the Ohlone Memorialization Project created by Sheila Ghidini. The Ohlone built hundreds of shellmounds, which were composed of abalone, mussel, and clamshells and were sacred sites where they buried their dead. At the entry to the park, the artist created a map of the Oakland/East Bay area carved into the surface of a large granite entry portal. Small orange tiles mark the Emeryville Shellmound, as well as other shellmounds in the surrounding area. Ten polished granite slabs line a walkway and form a timeline of Ohlone history, that includes sandblasted text and images which note significant moments in their civilization, from a deadly measles epidemic to their first contact with Westerners.