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Public Art, Tech Come Together for Interactive Code:ART Festival

Public Art, Tech Come Together for Interactive Code:ART Festival

Downtown Palo Alto is about to be reframed and transformed with several engaging, interactive works of art during the Code:ART festival June 1-3.

The three day festival is made possible thanks to an Art Works grant through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the generous support of local corporate sponsors.

The Code:ART festival includes seven urban interventions that will be on display during the three day event, plus the Murmur Wall whose purple-hued lattice of LED lights will remain in place outside City Hall’s King Plaza until October. Each art installation will animate the public spaces, turning them into an interactive lab for playful experimentation.

Think of it as public art and technology “meets the streets”, and what better place for it to take place than in our smart city whose population grows each day as people commute to work in Palo Alto’s innovative business hub of in the heart of Silicon Valley.

“Palo Alto is excited to have Code:ART reimagine and transform our downtown spaces, creating engaging discussions across a broad spectrum of citizens, commuters, and visitors exploring the future of downtown,” said James Keene, Palo Alto City Manager. “While we host many public meetings on a range of issues such as transportation, planning, open space and public art to City Hall, Code:ART will touch on all these topics while engaging an audience from students to seniors.”

Besides Murmur Wall, the other interactive installations include Architectural Pavilion (Kyu Kim and Hanna Joo ); Caustic Chasm (Danielle Aspitz, Autumn Austin, and Devon Meyers);  Feng Shui (Mateo Garcia);  Ghost in the Machine (Ben Flatau); Safe and Sound (Tomo Saito); Sensory Garden (Elaine Uang, Sandra Slater and Megan Stevens); and StreeTALK (Patricia McShane and Erik Adigard). Visit: to learn more about each installation and view the map where they will be located.

Code:ART kicks-off at noon on June 1 with an opening event at the Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto featuring an “Artists as Futurists” discussion panel. The panelists will include Matthew Tiews , Associate Vice President for the Arts at Stanford University; Jon Moscone, YBCA Chief of Civic Engagement ; Vinitha Watson, Founder of Zoo Labs, and artist Erik Adigard of M-A-D, whose Urban Intervention titled sTREEtalk will be on display at the corner of 285 Hamilton Avenue. The IFTF opening event is free and open to the public with a prior RSVP through Eventbrite

Volunteer opportunities are available to interact with the public and answer their questions, assist with setup and breakdown of the art interventions, and conduct surveys. Sign up  here if you are interested in becoming a Volunteer for Code:ART.

Last Updated: May 11, 2017