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Cover Story - January 14, 2011

Art all around us

Sculptures, paintings are at home in the urban environment

by Photos Veronica Weber. Story Karla Kane

A few Caltrain patrons filtered through the downtown Palo Alto station on a recent Monday, one ordering a coffee from Caffé del Doge, some checking their phones. No one seemed to be looking up at the John McQuarrie mural depicting scenes from California history gracing the wall above, but the painting has been there since the early 1940s, providing a touch of art to the mid-morning commute.

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Posted by Claudia, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I work for Caffe del Doge and I can attest that many customers and train riders not only look and ask questions about the John McQuarrie mural, but they also admire it.

Posted by andreas, a resident of Ventura
on Jan 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

Is there a website or map of all the public art?

Posted by google is you friend, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

Maps, photos, descriptions, and news about Palo Alto's public art: Web Link

Posted by andreas, a resident of Ventura
on Jan 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Wonderful! Thanks for the link.

Posted by Laurie, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 17, 2011 at 11:45 am

There's also an exhibit of framed photographs of 18 samples of art from the collection on display in the main lobby of City Hall on weekdays through Jan 27. These were captured by volunteer members of the Palo Alto Camera Club on behalf of the Public Art Commission, and are part of a project to document the full collection.


Posted by Neal, a resident of Community Center
on Jan 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I just saw the stainless steel sculpture of the bicyclist in the baylands yesteday. I loved it. Thanks.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jan 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm

The paintings at University Cafe are wonderful! They make the whole cafe like a trip to Europe.

Posted by more murals, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I keep wishing the city or property owners would cover the California Street buildings with murals (like the Mission District in San Francisco). That part of town so dreary right now.

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