California Avenue in Palo Alto is now closer to having a new fountain after the city's Public Art Commission chose three proposals as finalists -- one traditional design and two more abstract, sculptural designs.
The proposals will be available for viewing at the city's Open City Hall website between Jan. 5 and 18.
The public is invited to review the proposals, select a favorite and leave feedback for the Public Art Commission during the viewing period.
The traditional design is by Jennifer Madden and Jeffrey Reed. The two sculptural fountain proposals are by Mark Oldland and Michael Szabo.
After considering public feedback, the commission will select the final design proposal at the Thursday, Jan. 20 meeting.
The commission's previous proposal for a fountain designed by sculptor Bruce Beasley met with community opposition in 2008. Since then, the commission has met with California Avenue area residents and businesspeople to come up with alternative designs to replace the current fountain, located near the Caltrain station.
"At the end of the public-input period, the Art Commission can break down the results by residents and non-residents to see what the Palo Alto community, as well as the broader public served by California Avenue, prefers," according to a press release from Elise DeMarzo, staff liaison to the commission.