Some art is not meant to last; rather, it is meant to offer visual and participatory experiences. Palo Alto's Public Art Program is kicking off a series of temporary public art installations at King Plaza, located in front of City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.), offering new exhibitions on a rotating basis. Selected artists will "activate King Plaza in new and exciting ways, offering visual, musical, and participatory experiences lasting from a few months up to one year in length," according to a City of Palo Alto announcement.
Oakland-based artist Bruce Beasley's installation titled "Rondo I" was installed on Oct. 8 in a planter at King Plaza and will remain there until September 2016. The sculpture consists of interlocking circles that "seem weightless and ready to float or roll away at any moment," according to the announcement. City staff launched an open call for proposals in the spring and proposed a schedule of diverse installations for King Plaza over the next two years. Upcoming installations include Dan Gottwald and Scott Watkins' interactive wooden musical sculpture, "Chime," which will be installed among the trees of King Plaza next summer; George Zisiadis' colorful oversized "Ball Pit," which will offer a fun and interactive experience to visitors; and Aaron Lee Benson's wooden serpentine piece, which will aim to engage the community. Benson will donate the wood after the installation to Habitat for Humanity.
A public celebration to welcome "Rondo I" to Palo Alto will be held on King Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m. Attendees can enjoy live chamber music and light refreshments, and can also chat with the artist, who will be in attendance. For more information, call 650-329-2227.