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News - December 6, 2013

Around Town

'PRIVATE ART' WITH TESLA ... Palo Alto's public art is often on the receiving end of scoffs and chuckles, with aesthetic sensibilities that range from eclectic to eccentric. Between a giant egg, a running girl with a car for a head and whatever-the-heck the towering "Skyshot Boca Raton" is supposed to be, there are a lot of examples of Palo Alto's avant-garde artistic leanings. One Palo Alto resident decided to bring an immensely practical piece of art to the city without funding from the city's Public Art Commission. Call it private art. Dorrian Porter thought the perfect symbol of the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley would be early 1900s inventor Nikola Tesla, who also just so happens to be the namesake of local electric-car company Tesla Motors. Porter commissioned Menlo Park artist Terry Guyer to design a bronze cast statue of the Serbian-American inventor, who was credited for making huge strides in the development of alternating current and wireless electricity. Porter launched a successful campaign to raise $127,000 from 722 donors, one of whom — an anonymous family foundation — put in $20,000 at the 11th hour to push the project over its goal. The last few months have been taken up designing and creating the statue, but on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m., it will be unveiled, equipped with free Wi-Fi and a time capsule to be opened in 2043. The unveiling will take place at the statue's home, 260 Sheridan Ave., Palo Alto.

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