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News - April 5, 2013

Around Town

THE JOYS OF ART ... Art lovers, rejoice! On Monday night, City Manager James Keene announced grand plans to expand and enhance the city's collection of public art. The egg-shaped "Digital DNA" statue in Lytton Plaza will be enhanced with "hatching chicks" whose "cheeps" will be piped in through the sound system. The "Push" statue at Mitchell Park will be painted in the "Color of Palo Alto" (a shade of green) in a bid to make "other communities green with envy." The new "Sofa Project" exhibition will put sofas throughout the Baylands to give weary travelers a place to rest and chat. Bol Park will get a 20-foot glass sculpture that will both function as a rain gauge and stimulate conversation about water use. And the "Go Mama" statue on California will undergo modifications as part of the city's new naming-rights partnership with website-hosting company And Palo Alto firefighters will demonstrate their grace and agility with a series of ballet performances at King Plaza over the summer. Keene took the City Council through a slideshow of all these proposals at the April 1 meeting — before reminding them that it was April Fools' Day. The proposals may have been a gag, but they may not be too far from the truth. On April 8, in what could be a case of life imitating art, the council will consider a broad proposal for greatly expanding the city's public-art collection by requiring developers to set aside funds for art.

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