How Quirky is Berkeley? Jana Olson’s lamps and garden
January 25, 2016 - table lamp
Jana Olson is equally during home in her Panache Lighting studio during in West Berkeley (2743 Ninth St.) as she is in her residence in a depth on Shasta Road in a hills, that comes with an art-filled garden and 350 tons of rocks and slab stabilizing a hillside.
Olson came to Berkeley in 1970 from Minnesota, anticipating to land a pursuit as a landscape gardener. She did land pronounced job, and she stayed. After a decade conceptualizing and building gardens, Olson changed inside. For years she ran Omega Lighting on San Pablo, where she schooled to correct and reconstruct lamps.
When a attribute that tied her to Omega ended, she left Omega and non-stop her possess flare correct and phony shop, Panache. It is a good word to report her — decorated certainty of character or manner.
She is lustful of bland objects repurposed as lamps — kitchen utensils and teapots and Wedgwood porcelain cups and Lustreware.
Her lamps are stunning, either they are set off a plain white roof (albeit in a residence filled with bright-colored African art) or a screaming-bright Bulwinkle roof mural.
To see Olson’s gardening, we visited her home on Shasta Road, usually above a mountain from a quatrefoil on a side of a highway (her home is in a background). The quatrefoil signifies nothing, and so signifies everything. It was grieving unsold during Ohmega Salvage, so Olson brought it home and commissioned it on a tip of a depth bank. People stop and sketch themselves with it, subsequent to, and looking by it, all a while devising a backstory. It would be engaging to collect a illusory backstories.
Her top garden runs inside a blockade along Shasta Road as it winds uphill. The garden is filled with art, hers and that done by friends.
On a approach around a residence to get to a reduce gardens in a depth we pass underneath a deck, where Olson has combined a Grotto of Santa Basura (“Saint Trash”) that bleeds into a Graveyard of Rusty Tools. The grotto is filled with rabble found in a depth during a large clean-up when Olson changed in.
The reduce garden winds along Codornices Creek, that runs all year, drought or not. The garden is filled with art among a plantings.
The trail afterwards leads to a Bulwinkle rose-covered steel arbor.
A trowel tops a Bulwinkle arbor, with a difference “A Woman’s Work is Never Done” cut into it.
Sitting in a rivulet is a Marcia Donahue mill sculpture named “Codornicia.” She weighs dual tons. She was solemnly winched down a bank to a stream by a draw truck. That we would like to have seen.
Olson’s residence is overwhelming in an almost-only-in-Berkeley way. Of quirkiest seductiveness in a residence is this mounted conduct over a fireplace.
This Olson square is desirous by a Unorthodox Taxidermy plan that a immature Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) embarked on in a 1930s, relating bills, horns, and antlers from passed zoo animals with illusory and weird beings. The Jun 7, 1938, emanate of Look magazine dubbed Ted Geisel “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” In this vein, Olson has launched her possess Unorthodox Taxidermy plan with his unheard-of-animal.
Jana Olson’s lamps and unusual taxidermy and chicken-plate flowers and Marcia Donahue art and Mark Bulwinkle art and John Abduljaami art and a Grotto of Santa Basura and 350 tons of stones and granite. Yes, people like Olson are found outward Berkeley. But she’s here. And usually here. And there are some-more like her, what Mark Bulwinkle calls “aesthetic conspirators.” She and they make this a improved place, a special place, a artistic place.
Tom Dalzell, a labor lawyer, combined a website, Quirky Berkeley, to share all a dainty objects he has prisoner with his iPhone. The site now has some-more than 8,000 photographs of quirky objects around city as good as posts where a 30-year proprietor muses on what it all means.
For a fuller chronicle of this post, see Quirky Berkeley.
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