Our latest projects for the United States District Court was among our "greenest" to date, the best practices applied at every step of the process. This program presently covers the 3rd and 4th floor of the Courthouse, the 2nd floor program is temporary in storage while a new courtrtoom is being constructed.
Framing was produced locally in our Oakland production studio, printed in Montclair by Bennett hall using an artisan labor approach. The frame moulding is a U.S. forested and manufactured solid Cherry wood; produced using FSC certified methods by Larson Juhl, a Warren Buffett Company. Matting is all rag board or the new Biltmore line from Larson, also FSC Certified.
This project consists in total of over 150 historical different fine art giclee prints which provide an educational local history experience for jurors, judges, staff, lawyers and visitors for the facility. The program includes Oakland, Alameda, Richmond, Fremont area and Contra Costa County. Stories about the development of Oakland, Lake Merritt, the Waterfront, the transcontinental railroads, ferry systems, the airport including Charles Lindberg and Amelia Earhart, the Liberty Ships and war effort in the Area, UC Berkeley, Mission San Jose, Martinez and much more.Each image was digitally mastered from the best available historical original - editorial collaboraton was by the local Hon. Judge Jensen, former Alameda county District Attorney/
Larger projects are done often produced using lower cost materials imported from Asia, "jungle woods". Production operations often do not practice suitable forest stewardship, manage the effluents from their mills or control the exhaust from their finishing operations in an optimal manner (VOCs).
-doing what we can to keep America working
In our process, we repurpose overcuts into smaller frames, further reducing waste from the project.
We commend the United States District Courts for choosing to go local - producing in San Francisco, as well as selecting renewable low-carbon impact materials throughout this project.
See California Images Story on Oakland Exhibit
website: US District Courts
California Images Public Galleries -how to acquire selected views from this exhibit
Article from Mercury News: US Courts Programs 2008