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The contract for the I-80 Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge public art project
was awarded to Scott Donahue to create two monumental sculptures that symbolize the city, its people and its activities.  These sculptures will be placed as an element of the Berkeley's Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge that spans I-80 in West Berkeley.


Biography of Artist, Scott Donahue; Resume of Artist; Technical Fact
Sheet of Sculptures; and Highlights of the Public Art Program


Photographs of the completed project submitted by the Artist, Scott Donahue (May 2009) 

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I-80 Bike Bridge Sculpture (west end)

I-80 Sculpture 16 I-80 Sculpture west 5

I-80 Image 03

I-80 Bike Bridge (east side)

I-80 Sculpture 14 rotate I-80 Sculpture 13

November 21, 2008
Installation of Artwork on the West Side of Bike Bridge

 1 Statue  lift

4 - Artist 5 6

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October 18, 2008 Opening
East Side of Bike Bridge Installation

Students from Crowden Music Center    Opening - During program

               Photos of the bicycle bridge prior to public art installation

 View from Aquatic Park - East Side of Bridge

I-80 Bicycle Bridge Walkway  Freeway Overview 

Installation in process

Oct08 Aquatic Park Side Oct08 Artist, Scott Donahue Oct08 Clening

Oct08 View Aquatic Park Oct08 Working in progress Oct08 Image

 East side view        Musician 


Work in Progress:  studio visit images:  August 2008  

I-80 Bike Brige 8-08 image

  May 2008

Protestor     P5050024.JPG     P5050013.JPG  

  Artist Scott Donahue and Art Commissioners Snippen and Johnson     Thinking statue    P5050016.JPG 

  I-80 bridge statute         I-80 bridge protestor        I-80 wheelchair statue

       Artist Scott Donahue, Art Commissioner and Staff    

2007 Studio Images  

Scott_w_binocular_guyweb            scottwbase2web    

scottpointing,clauweb            figurewassistant   


Computer aided design or CAD combined with the animation software enable us to make the very organic shapes of the sculpture accurately fit the structural frame that is attached to the bridge.  More indications of the figures in this software imagery to be seen in the near future.






Project Description (.pdf)

Project Application (.pdf)

Submission Materials and Instructions


The bridge crosses over Interstate 80, one of the most traveled freeways in California. At the west end of Addison Street, the Over Crossing provides bicycle, pedestrian and wheelchair access from Aquatic Park to the Berkeley Marina, where the future Bay Trail will link Berkeley to Albany and Emeryville.

The two monumental sculptures are, on closer look, clusters of figures made of fiberglass, steel and bronze, that symbolize the city, its people and its activities. The figure on the Addison Street side personifies the urban and cultural experience of Berkeley, including the University of California’s campanile, a violinist, a scientist, an activist, and a wheelchair-user. The figure on the Marina side represents recreation and nature, including bird watchers, kite flyers and a dog catching a Frisbee. Smaller images near the sculptures provide close-up views to thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists who use the bridge.

The sculptures were created by Emeryville sculptor Scott Donahue. The award-winning artist has designed, fabricated and installed 19 permanent public art projects in California and Colorado.  He has also completed 39 temporary public art projects in the U.S. and Italy since 1980.  He received an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1982 and a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1973.

The multi-figured sculptures are the product of the City of Berkeley public art program, 1.5% for Art, which covered the design, engineering, fabrication, assembly and installation costs. In 2002, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission’s Public Art Program held a national competition for artists to create entry sculpture to the City of Berkeley. Donahue won that competition and created Berkeley Big People.

The sculptures are the product of extensive testing of design and materials to ensure stability and safety.   An Opening Celebration is planned for October 18 at 11:30 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.

To see pictures of this art go to the City of Berkeley web site: and click on Arts and Culture on the left hand side.

For further information:

Call Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator 510/981-7533, or Claudia Chapline, Public Art Consultant 415/868-2308,


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