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Makkeweks | Public Sculptures by Wowhaus | Lake Merritt in Oakland
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Makkeweks - Public Sculptures

Featured In Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

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A landmark bronze sculpture is integrated into a rain garden that reclaims urban runoff from storm drains, part of a sustainable streetscape and park design. The sculpture is inspired by an Ohlone myth about a sea monster who lived in the the Bay. Photo-etched granite “portals” integrated into the hardscape complement the sculpture, providing insight into the ecosystem of this saltwater estuary that is being revitalized in the heart of the city. Community engagement sessions informed the design of the artwork, which developed in consultation with City landscape architects, PlaceWorks, and specialists in the Oakland Creeks, Watershed & Stormwater Department.

Commissioned by: Oakland Public Art Program

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Founded in 1997, Wowhaus is a trans-disciplinary art and design team whose work spans public art, strategic planning, design and architecture. A collaboration between Scott Constable and Ene Osteraas-Constable, Wowhaus explores the common denominators of everyday life, the central question of how things, places and relationships acquire meaning. We embrace a systems-based, community-engaged approach, finding inspiration in the cultural, historical and ecological factors that shape a sense of place. Our projects connect individuals and communities to their current ecological and societal realities, aiming to strengthen the mutually beneficial potential of each.