Last night I held a talk at the UC Davis Design Museum in conjunction with my sketchbook exhibit, “Conversations with the City”. It went really well, a lot of people came, and hopefully I made some sense. I know afterwards I kept thinking, “oh I forgot to say that! I should have mentioned this!” One thing I did make sure was a central part of the talk though was the idea of the sketchbook as a tool to record history, and to demonstrate that I showed the history (over a period of a few years) of one spot on the UC Davis campus, that being of course where the Boiler Building once stood, and its heir, the Ann E. Pitzer Center. UC Davis’s newest music building is, as regular readers will know, now complete and hosting beautiful music, and at last my final drawing of the building is done, right above. I sketched this last Sunday morning and showed it in my slides last night, the original will be displayed at Putah Creek Winery from next week (did I mention I have another show in Davis starting next week? I think in my excitement I forgot to say last night! I’ll post about it soon…)
So now then I will show at last the full story, as I showed people last night, of my sketches from the Boiler Building to the Pitzer Center. It has been a fun piece of documentation.
THE OLD BOILER BUILDING
…AND IT’S GONE
TWO YEARS LATER…
THE PITZER CENTER OPENS!
Thanks for following this, everyone. It’s been fun.
7 thoughts on “From the Boiler Building to the Pitzer Center”
Great series! You are capturing local history with your drawings.
cheers! This was a long project, glad it’s finished, but every time i cycle past i still think, should i not be sketching it?
You have so much talent. Thanks for sharing.
I like the history of it all, and I always think it’s a shame something new couldn’t have been made from the old, a building which had its charm. Today’s version is a bit too industrial for my liking, but probably looks much better in reality! Great sketches Pete! Glad they have you around…
Great stuff as always. Has the Centre offered to buy a set of prints of the whole process, and if not, why on earth not? They’d look great inside, no doubt.
Yes, it might look good as a poster – I will probably put one together. I’d like it on my office wall, as a memento.