Jill McLennan watches Jingletown, her neighborhood of 14 years, transform into a community of development. McLennan completed her first public art project with Madison Park Development Corp. She designed 10 panels of birds flying over the Oakland and Jingletown skyline, framing the entryway with a 40’ visual screening above. She worked with Claire Han of Madison Park, and the architect, Toby Levy, with fabrication by DEKA Fabrications and GK Welding.
McLennan’s concept for this piece is to emphasize the mixed use history of Jingletown and to celebrate the balance that exists between residents, businesses and the natural environment. The industrial nature of the material, steel, reflects the steel industry that once dominated this area. The skyline depicts vantage points throughout the neighborhood, both local and historical details and familiar views of Oakland and Mt.Tam. The birds in flight and on wires are based on direct observation of the activities of birds living here, migrating through and filling our neighborhood with activity and song. The birds are also a metaphor for the people, coming and going, roosting and nesting, working independently and as a community to create a place to call home.
The front doors depict the wetlands that once stood where Jingletown is now. They celebrate the wildlife that continues to thrive in the natural estuary of the bay that borders our unique chosen home.