Berkeley Campus Scenes by Pedro J. Lemos
Sather Gate and the Campanile is a woodblock print by PEDRO JOSEPH LEMOS (1882-1954). The Sather gate originally stood at the southern edge of the UC Berkeley campus and now marks the entry to Sproul Plaza, site of many of the University’s most noted events. These include the famous 1960s protests by the Free Speech Movement that contributed to Berkeley’s ongoing reputation as a haven of the counterculture, radicalism, and political freedom. The gate is named in memory of Peder Sather, a 19th century Norwegian-American banker and trustee of the original College of California.
Lemos was among the most influential of the Bay Area's artists and educators of the “Arts and Crafts” era, who was not only an important artist and educator of the applied arts and design in numerous media, but also as an architectural designer, writer, publisher, painter, and printmaker.
This print and its companions in the “Berkeley” series were produced for the “Blue and Gold” Yearbook of the University of California’s Class of 1917. They have been digitally scanned on high-quality graphic paper and fused on a wooden block with recessed bracing for immediate wall-mounting. A clear coat of UV film has been applied to protect and enhance color stability.