Confluence - CODAworx


Client: Palo Alto Public Art Commission

Location: Palo Alto, CA, United States

Completion date: 2015

Project Team


Michael Szabo

Michael Szabo Studio

Public Art Program Director

Elise DeMarzo

Palo Alto Public Art Commission

Landscape Architect

Robert Gates

Gates & Associates


Serving as the focal point of a renovated plaza and train station, Confluence welcomes residents, shoppers, commuters and visitors to Palo Alto’s “second downtown”, California Avenue.


As part of a major renovation to the streetscape of one of Palo Alto's liveliest shopping districts and transit hub, the city wanted a placemaking water feature for a new plaza at the Caltrain Station.


The gentle curves of the 7 crescent forms guide water down their faces, falling at varying heights. Michael worked closely with Gates & Associates landscape architect to integrate the sculpture into the plaza.