'Color of Palo Alto'

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Six-and-a-half years since the project started, one year of living in a car and 22,339 photographs later, artist Samuel Yates on Friday finished installing his public work art, "The Color of Palo Alto," at City ...
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bellesdottir

Medford, OR

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Mar 23, 2008
 
When I first heard of this project, I was amazed that anyone would spend that much time and money to determine what one of the previous comments pointed out: the color will be brown, or a variation of that. Anyone with an iota of color knowledge would say the same. And besides that, who cares? Like someone else said, when the utilities are increasing so much, this project is just esoteric nonsense.
Brian Sullivan

Campbell, CA

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Mar 24, 2008
 
This is an amazing product. Mr. Yates commitment to every detail is nearly overwhelming. Artists like this are few and far between.
PAUL SHYKORA

Calgary, Canada

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Mar 24, 2008
 
AHHHH HA!! Yous' say--COLOR,...We say...COLOUR.....Eh...Thankyou s' all.GOD Bless..The hillbilly farmboy has spoken....eh...
Steve Broyles

San Josť, Costa Rica

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Mar 25, 2008
 
Its exciting to see someone including technology and environmentalism into a public art project.

The potential benefits listed in the last bit of the article alone are worth the $$ that PA invested, let alone the fact that we are all supporting an fun and innovative project.

Kudos to Yates!
paul shykora

Calgary, Canada

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Mar 25, 2008
 
ART IS GOOD....eh..
Shaun Carrigan

Florence, SC

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Mar 25, 2008
 
This project is awesome. The dream and actuality of completing this effort is incredibly inspiring. Thank you Mr. Yates for showing us a long complicated project is capable of being finished. I can't wait to check it out.
Tara

Montara, CA

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Mar 26, 2008
 
What an interesting year it must have been! I can't wait to see what the color is.
Close CT

Stanford, CA

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Mar 27, 2008
 
The color will be dreck brown. What a waste of time and money. Yates needs to get a real job and a life--what a sad pathetic individual.
James

Gilroy, CA

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Mar 27, 2008
 
This piece of "art" is right up there with that crap you call "art" at EL Camino real and Page Mill.
$200,000 for this,$15,000 for the MLK plaza. Can we waste money any better??
Kasey

San Francisco, CA

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Mar 28, 2008
 
Let's see, this guy received only a $10,000 commission, spent 6-1/2 years on this project, lived in his car in one of the most pricey areas in the country and managed to photograph every single parcel (17,739 parcels!) in Palo Alto. The article says he took over 22,000 photographs in this process; the additional funding sounds like it is going to pay for the installation and equipment. Even if Mr. Yates manages to keep some portion of that $65K for himself, considering that he devoted 6 years of his life, it sounds like Palo Alto got a good deal for a small amount of money (if you think art should only be about the amount of money spent). Not only do the results of this project promise to be an interesting documentation of a beautiful that has seen a lot of change in the past several decades, various city departments will be able to put the data generated from this project to use in practical ways.

Plus, "anyone with an iota of color knowledge" who bothers to read the article should understand that this not about choosing one average "color" to represent the entire town. I love the idea that people will be able to select paint colors based on Mr. Yates' work. I really look forward to seeing the many results and outputs of this project. Kudos to Palo Alto for supporting this innovative art!
PAUL SHYKORA

Calgary, Canada

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Mar 28, 2008
 
all dha arts are ...good....eh..
Bush on Crack

Seattle, WA

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Mar 28, 2008
 
PAUL SHYKORA wrote:
AHHHH HA!! Yous' say--COLOR,...We say...COLOUR.....Eh...Thankyou s' all.GOD Bless..The hillbilly farmboy has spoken....eh...
Hey hillbilly , don't you have a horse to go screw or something? Beside that's what hillbillies does on their down time.
David Evans

Troy, OH

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Mar 28, 2008
 
I look forward to painting my home office walls in Ohio the color of Midtown...it will set off the Bear flag that flew over Paly High in the early 70's!
PAUL SHYKORA

Calgary, Canada

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Mar 29, 2008
 
Bush on Crack wrote:
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Hey hillbilly , don't you have a horse to go screw or something? Beside that's what hillbillies does on their down time.
...god bless a total loser,tooo booot...eh..
Bush on Crack

Seattle, WA

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Mar 29, 2008
 
PAUL SHYKORA wrote:
<quoted text>...god bless a total loser,tooo booot...eh..
Canadians are the Loser!
Bush on Crack

Seattle, WA

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Mar 30, 2008
 
PAUL SHYKORA wrote:
<quoted text>...god bless a total loser,tooo booot...eh..
Nah, let me rephrase that. "GAY"NADIANS ARE LOSER'S.
SpaceJam

Seattle, WA

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#17
Mar 30, 2008
 
Can't we all get along!!
paul shykora

Calgary, Canada

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#18
Apr 2, 2008
 
..COLOUR...IS.....LOVE...love. ...is...love....eh..
paul shykora

Calgary, Canada

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Apr 2, 2008
 
Bush on Crack wrote:
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Nah, let me rephrase that. "GAY"NADIANS ARE LOSER'S.
..YOUs' have a very -'''deep subconcious-need''' to peep into other persons dark-hole,fantasizing.....cryi ng....wishing....BUT,I's do have a great,spiritual-love for dhat...LADY IZZY,toooo booot!!!...eh.thankyous'.GOD Bless.The hillbilly farmboy has ..spoken.....eh...
Senseless in Palo Alto

Fort Mill, SC

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Apr 2, 2008
 
Waste of money..waste of time..only in Palo Alto

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