Public Projects
Apricot Walk

A Public Art Commission for the City of Campbell
Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell, Campbell, CA

The South Bay city of Campbell has a rich agricultural history. The landscape was once covered with fruit trees, primarily apricots. The cultivation, drying and marketing of the fruit was once a dominant part of the local economy. During my research phase at the Campbell Historical Museum, I uncovered vintage photographs of the area in which acres and acres of fruit were placed in trays to dry in the sun, wonderful images I was inspired to commemorate with this project.

To allude to the fruit, I used colored concrete to create orange and gold walkways with sections embossed with apricot shapes. These are accompanied by sandblasted quotes that trace the fruit-drying history, including moments of drought and bounty. The historical photographs that served as my inspiration were etched onto copper plaques offering the site’s rich history to current residents.

Project Team   


Concrete stamping
Regina Gilligan and Lauren Hillman

Installation of text
Chris Stinehour

Graphic design, production of stencils
Ari Salomon

Text sandblasting
Peninsula Sandblasting

Copper plaque
McCracken and McCracken Environmental Communications

Concrete paths
Berkeley Concrete

©2012 Sheila Ghidini