Click HERE to see Julie’s slideshow. Thank you, Julie Leavitt!
Click here to see a slideshow of four of California’s surviving Southern Pacific Standard Combination #18 depots. The Esparto depot, built in 1888-89, follows this standard design. You can see (especially in Kingsburg, CA), how the buildings have been altered over time.
… when the Building Narratives class took place, and so many people in and around Esparto participated? Well, the book that documents that experience is still in progress, but here are a few of the student projects that came out of it:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO: Zumba Dancing at the Depot!
Taking Zumba classes in Esparto was part of Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa’s work as a student in CCA’s ENGAGE Building Narratives: Installations for Transitional Space class during the spring semester of 2012. This performance took place on April 21, 2012 in the Esparto depot, at the culmination of the class – an afternoon of installations, performances, interactions and readings. The names of these fantastic dancers are: Cheryl Rust, Maria Robles, Thanya Oliveira and Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO: Jordan Karnes – Esparto Poetry Reading
Jordan Karnes listened to middle and high school students in Esparto, CA. She honed and crafted their words into this poem, entitled ‘Esparto’. The reading took place during the final exhibition/presentation of works from CCA’s ‘Building Narratives: Installations for Transitional Space’ class on April 21, 2012 at the Esparto depot. Jordan was a student in this class.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: On the Train (Ken Lin)
This is one of several sound compositions by Ken Lin, inspired by an interview with Jack Mast in conjunctions with CCA’s ENGAGE Building Narratives: Installations for Transitional Space class. Ken offered a series of different soundscapes as part of his final project at the depot on April 21, 2012.
To see a slideshow of images of the Esparto Depot from the Sacramento Railroad Museum Archive, click here!