The Running Wall
Aaron Lee Benson’s Running Wall is a temporary site-specific functional sculpture for King Plaza in downtown Palo Alto. Constructed of two by fours, Running Wall begins with a bench connected to a rippling low wall that serpentines between the trees and culminates in a circular sculptural element at the other end of the installation. The concept for the artwork was conceived by the artist after hearing feedback from the Public Art Master Plan outreach efforts about the community’s strong desire for more functional art and more site-specific work. Benson and staff focused on a way to bridge the plaza hardscape and the formal alley of trees with a strong sculptural piece that would break the strict geometry of the plaza. At the conclusion of the six-month installation, all wood will be donated the Art Department at Stanford University.