Sculpture Park Rises Up in Downtown Oakland

There is an artistic surprise that awaits you in downtown Oakland

A former parking garage in downtown Oakland is transforming into a showcase for art.

The city has now converted the empty lot in the uptown district into a sculpture park.

Five artists filled the former site of a Sears parking garage with nine sculptures.

The display includes an archway made entirely of bicycle parts.

The park sits right next to the restored Fox Theater, an area that has seen a massive revitalization in the last few years.

“That’s one of the things I love about public art is you’re out on the street, people happen on the work, they don’t know that it’s going to be here and then there’s a smile on their face as they want to talk to people, want to ask questions,” Oakland public art manager Kristen Zaremba said.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and the city will celebrate the park's completion Friday night.

The city says the sculptures will remain for a year, and then be changed out with a new set of sculptures.

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