Hillsdale Shopping Center’s Public Art Revealed

Expanding on its vision to incorporate a walkable environment centered around a large landscaped plaza for its redevelopment, Hillsdale Shopping Center revealed plans for the public art centerpiece: a one-of-a-kind “show fountain,” designed by Outside the Lines.

The City of San Mateo requires any project valued at $3 million or more to install art in publicly accessible places. According to Hillsdale’s owner, Bohannon Development, this provided a singular opportunity to design something that “can be enjoyed as both an entertainment feature and as an art piece.”

Scott E. Bohannon, Senior Vice President of Bohannon Development Company adds, “In addition to designing a fountain that pushes the artistic envelope … We are confident that OTL’s work will attract art lovers and shoppers who will become art lovers at our newly renovated Hillsdale Shopping Center.”

Hillsdale has always been a welcoming shopping destination boasting the likes of an Apple Store and a Paul Martin’s grill. The Center is currently undergoing a 290,000-square-foot redevelopment, expected to be complete by the end of 2018, which will bring a luxury movie theater, fitness club, and an upscale bowling and bocce operation to the city.

OTL has designed and will construct the 1,871 square-foot show fountain in Hillsdale’s main public plaza. Landscape architecture firm Lifescapes International will interweave living planter pockets into the fountain’s interior.

The fountain will be surrounded by gathering and seating areas, highlighting the new public art piece, and transforming the space into a gallery where visitors can sit and gaze at the piece.

The entertainment show fountain will consist of 71 individually controlled aerated nozzles choreographed at low display heights to create rich fountain effects, which will not disturb the living planter pockets in the fountain basin. In addition, the fountain will display 142 color changing LED lights that will be individually choreographed.

The fountain is expected to be completed in Q4 2018.

Hillsdale Shopping Center is a retail destination located in the heart of San Mateo.

Walkscore.com rates Bay Meadows high on the list for walkable locations to live on the San Francisco Peninsula and for good reason! Why? Because we are steps from shopping (Hillsdale Center), groceries (Whole Foods), parks, a farmer’s market and an easy bike-ride from downtown San Mateo with its burgeoning restaurant scene. San Mateo’s shared Bay Bikes are on-site, so no need to own your own. And Caltrain is a quick stroll from anywhere in the neighborhood. Learn all about connecting the dots for your many transportation options with Connect San Mateo.