Confluence

Submitted by Michael Szabo

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Client: Palo Alto Public Art Commission

Location: Palo Alto, CA, United States

Completion date: 2015

Project Team

Artist

Michael Szabo

Michael Szabo Studio

Public Art Program Director

Elise DeMarzo

Palo Alto Public Art Commission

Landscape Architect

Robert Gates

Gates & Associates

Overview

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.

Goals

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.

Process

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.