OAKLAND (KCBS)— A privately-owned, $20 million artist studio complex in West Oakland is being gifted to the Oakland Museum of California by a world-renowned, local sculptor.
The announcement for the Bruce Beasley Sculpture Center, was made at a site near the West Oakland BART station on Thursday. The space at Third and Lewis, which takes up two blocks near the station, is owned by Beasley, an artist who’s lived there since 1962.
It’s filled with the 75-year-old’s steel-ring Rondo pieces and acrylic sculptures and has transformed over a decade into indoor and outdoor studios, gardens and exhibition spaces.
Beasely said it took a long time for him to make it this way.