E’ville Arts: Fish house architect Tssui, Red Baron creator Hoare & Emery students mapping our history

Published On June 27, 2014 | By Rob Arias | Arts & Culture, In the Neighborhood

A selection of Emeryville-centric artists being profiled from around the web including Berkeley artist Tyler Hoare whom was one of the original contributors to Emeryville’s famous mudflat sculptures. Hoare’s recent Red Baron installment has helped keep the memory of the fabled original “guerrilla” art installations alive.

Flamboyant Watergate resident Eugene Tssui, architect of Berkeley landmark “The Fish House” on Matthews St., is profiled on SF Gate. A documentary on his works including fashion, music and architecture titled “Telos: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui” recently debuted at the San Francisco Green Film Festival.

Emery Secondary School Art teacher Sara Stillman assigned her advanced art class the assignment of mapping our towns’ history through photographs, transformed maps, original drawings, collages and writing . The collective work “Visualizing Emeryville” was featured as a student art pop-up recently at Bay Street.

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Decades on, the man who puts the Red Baron in the bay

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For nearly four decades, Berkeley artist Tyler Hoare has been adding a bit of whimsy to the East Bay waterfront with his salvaged wood creations: some 30 large sculptures including airplanes inspired in part by Snoopy comics; a submarine, a pirate ship, a viking ship, and a ‘King Tut ship’ with a gold-painted Egyptian-style figurehead; and, before most of the wood pilings in the water rotted away, spindly, rustic, 6-foot-tall sculptures Hoare calls his “post people.”

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Eugene Tssui, green architect like a stand-in for nature

The long halls of the Watergate apartment towers in Emeryville are numbingly hotel-like, so it comes as a shock when the last door on the left opens and there stands a man in a bright yellow, ventilated pantsuit covered by a heavy black cape lined in pink and trimmed in gold.

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Emeryville Students Map Their Town’s History

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On a recent visit to Sara Stillman’s advanced art classroom at Emery Secondary School, students are immersed in a rigorous interdisciplinary mapping project on the history of Emeryville. Sparked by the Yale Initiative, a professional development program that offers K-12 teachers in urban and rural schools the opportunity to explore a topic in-depth, Stillman began this unit at the high school after extensive planning at the University.

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About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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