Rock the Garden 2016

5 Hour Sculpture

A Pop-Up Arts Festival

Friday, July 22, 2016, 5PM - 10PM

VENUE: Park Grounds

Free shuttle service available from West Valley College, Lot 1. Click here for more info about parking at West Valley.


Open Access is your opportunity to connect with Artists Fellows and Guest Artists at the Lucas Artists Program. This program is designed to offer audiences a behind the scenes view into how artists generate ideas, as well as showcase works in process and fully realized new work. Open Access offerings include conversations, performances, screenings, and culinary events. It also has a virtual presence as an online blog and archive. Find out more at

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If you only had five hours to present a work of sculpture in a public park, what would you create?

Montalvo asked that question of 60 international artists. We chose the most compelling responses. And this July, we invite the public to enjoy these astonishing projects at a fantastic, free, five-hour-long arts festival taking place all over our scenic grounds!

Presented for your active amazement, the evening will feature interactive engagements, temporary installations, participatory happenings, and spectacular intrusions where your voice can be heard. 


  • Raising a 30-foot pop-up sculpture with Jason Lazarus.
  • Harvesting a field of whirling California Poppy pinwheels with Karrie Hovey.
  • Sharing tall tales around a virtual campfire with Mobile Arts Platform (MAP)’s Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari.
  • Making art in nature with the Art Escapists—including a giant hammock-like structure made from colored cord by Shawn HibmaCronan and impromptu site-specific sound installations with opera singer Zoltan DiBartolo and singer-songwriter Terese Taylor.
  • Attending an animal-led political parade by Sasha Petrenko.
  • Engaging in a living dance enactment of the Fibonacci sequence with the Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble.
  • Finding your way through a large-scale labyrinth made from carpet remnants with Paz de la Calzada.
  • Witnessing Margaret Kemp in an endurance performance work exploring politics, place, and identity.
  • Taking part in a barn-raising-like activity with Matthias Neumann as he installs an architectural structure made from 100 wooden 2x4s.
  • Incrementally creating a rock sculpture based on the French lawn game of pétanque with Mary Ijichi.
  • Experiencing a ceremonial act envisioning communion between humankind and nature with Máximo González.


  • Making your voice heard at the premiere of Taro Hattori’s installation Rolling Counterpoint.
  • Exploring multidisciplinary student art produced at Montalvo’s summer camps and an academic year collaboration with Synapse School and Connect Community Charter School.

Plus hands-on art-making, dancing, live music by the Real Vocal String Quartet, gourmet food trucks, and more. Fun for all ages. Don’t miss it!