Vallejo’s 100-year-old Capitol Street Stairs climb the hill from downtown to Vallejo’s Historic District. This city-owned site will become a colorful destination with art tiles installed on the 52 risers. The Vallejo Community will create, enjoy and maintain the landmark stairway framed with drought tolerant hummingbird attracting, fragrant landscaping.
Gone are the hazardous trees, damaged storm drains, and a seedy and unwholesome environment. Once again, the stairway serves as a gateway from Sonoma Boulevard to the Vallejo Heritage District, the first nationally recognized historic district on the West Coast.
Funding for this effort brings together the City of Vallejo’s innovative Participatory Budgeting Program, Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District funds, community donations, and hundreds of volunteer hours. Vallejo has united behind this project to step up public engagement and create a new public art site.
Join us. Together with our fiscal sponsor, the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF), we can all walk up the stairs of community transformation. Please consider contributing to our success with financial contributions and your volunteer time.
“Our vision is a portrait of the town of Vallejo. We took inspiration from the built and natural environments of the area. The design highlights the rich architectural heritage of the city, and celebrates its maritime history. The upper section features a cityscape, including many of Vallejo’s landmarks, past and present. Strands featuring various aspects of the natural and man-made worlds, with special attention paid to boats and ships of all kinds, are woven together, gathering momentum as they flow down the stairway. The cascading bands of color include imagery of aquatic wildlife, plant life and human life. The ebb and flow of tides, winds and fog echo and complement the lively pace of urban activity.”
Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher