Conversation

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Conversation
Photo Credit: Narduli Studio
Lead Artist(s):

Description:

The City of Palo Alto put out a call for an artwork within the lobby of its City Hall to represent and encourage an open and transparent style of governance. CONVERSATION became that piece. It is a window into a working democracy, playing out in realtime. A site-specific new media artwork, CONVERSATION relies on public participation. Local, National and Global feeds provide the catalyst for an ongoing community discussion. A touchscreen display within the lobby is an invitation to post comments and images while at City Hall. Its website allows participation from anywhere. The exchange of thoughts and ideas given form creates a continually evolving artwork, always in flux as news and posts appear and change throughout the day. While a unique artistic experience, CONVERSATION raises fundamental questions about public participation, accountability and community. It imagines a democracy as something we make together, that can change moment by moment.

PROJECT LOCATION

Municipal Building/Site
Public Space
Wall
City Hall lobby
Palo Alto City Hall
250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

City of Palo Alto Public Art Program
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Public Art Division
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Public Art Division
WMB Architects
Tom Bowe
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
255,000
$250,000-$499,999
Percent-for-Art
Digital, Video
Electronics, Video
2016
2017