Digital DNA installation slightly delayed


Due to weather and other factors, the installation of the legendary egg-shaped sculpture planned for Palo Alto's Lytton Plaza has been delayed by a few days.

Arts Center Director Linda Craighead said the city hoped Digital DNA would be installed on Friday.

"It’s going to be any day," she said. "They’re working on it now."

If it’s not installed on Friday, Craighead said, it will be Monday or Tuesday of next week.

The piece, designed by San Francisco artists Adriana Varella and Nilton Maltz, is 7-feet tall and is made from recycled computer parts. It’s meant to honor the Palo Alto’s role as the birthplace of Silicon Valley.

If it’s not installed on Friday, Craighead said, it will be Monday or Tuesday of next week.

It's the project's second draft. An original version burned down last May in a warehouse fire.

Meanwhile, another plan to redesign the plaza is still in the works. Mayor Le Levy said last week he and developer Roxy Rapp were raising funds and hoped to submit plans to the city soon. They have said their design will probably not include the sculpture.

— Bill D'Agostino

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