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Light-and-sound art coming to University Ave tunnel

Original post made on Jan 17, 2014

What's more emblematic of Palo Alto than a Stanford University graduate designing an interactive LED-light-and-sound art installation that, with the help of a local tech company and Stanford students, will reactivate a much-used public space?

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 17, 2014, 9:19 AM

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Posted by support art & artists!
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

beautiful concept and very exciting for Palo Alto to get not only more energy efficient lighting in the dingy underground tunnel but also something beautiful and inspired.

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Posted by Great, but...
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

Any improvement in that tunnel would be wonderful. Glad that an artist has a plan.
I wonder about the techy-trendyness though. My car also has internal lights that change colors, which seems a bit silly, and wasteful, just extra programming.
>a Twitter application that would allow the community to interact with and control the light and sound elements< Sorry, but this app. isn't art or even anything useful. More like a computer game, not serious work.

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Posted by Priorities Lacking
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

Beautifying tunnels, while families are living on the street in this county, studios cost $1,826 a month in this city, and people are starving to death in foreign countries, with groups of orphaned children living in garbage dumps.

Palo Alto City Hall wants to know what its "values" are? Go no further than the shallow that oozes from this story.

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Posted by Happy JJ
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 17, 2014 at 11:38 am

I am so glad that 'something' is being done in the tunnels, especially light-related. While the city and artists are out there, perhaps someone can also paint the walls since they are dreary and add cameras to detract people from doing things they shouldn't be doing.

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Posted by Carol Gilbert
a resident of University South
on Jan 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I think this is a great idea! I have always hated the tunnel for being so dark and dreary.

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Posted by jardins
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 18, 2014 at 12:02 am

$30,000 for this project?? That's a lot of money that could be spent on needy people in this town and beyond.

I entirely agree with the comments made by Priorities Lacking.

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Posted by ekryant9
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

ekryant9 is a registered user.

Awesome idea. Bike to Stanford down the tunnel every weekday morning!

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Posted by NotAwesome
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Sounds like another Color of Palo Alto, which cost over $75,000 and went nowhere. Now we’ll have the Sound of Palo Alto, which will be your tax dollars flushing away.

“pantheon of greatness”? Will Palo Alto ever get over itself?

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Posted by Great, but...
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Reminds me of the ill-fated Color of Palo Alto project. That one mixed the colors from photos of palo alto homes in the hopes of coming up with the average color of Palo Alto. A meaningless enterprise if ever there was one.
But he was going to use Hewlett Packard equipment to do the analysis (something about counting pixels) so HP contributed equipment and praised the project, especially Vic Ojakian.
If this new idea uses Twitter, thereby advertising a commercial product, Twitter should pay for it.

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Posted by bill g
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Since the tunnel must be lighted anyway, this seems like a wonderful idea. And LED's will cut the energy consumption way down.

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