'Color of Palo Alto'

'Color of Palo Alto'

There are 24 comments on the Palo Alto Daily News story from Mar 23, 2008, titled 'Color of Palo Alto'. In it, Palo Alto Daily News reports that:

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 ...
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 Hall. <br/> <br/>The final collection of photographs - one of every parcel in Palo Alto - was mounted on the kind of adhesive vinyl used on billboards and plastered up all eight floors of City Hall's Hamilton Avenue front, where it will remain until Sept. 20. <br/> <br/>Because Yates photographed the homes by the alphabetical order of their streets, residents can easily pick out their houses. <br/> <br/>"Everyone can come to the plaza and have a relationship with the project," he said. <br/> <br/>Each photograph also represents one piece of the answer to the project's central question -what is the color of Palo Alto? <br/> <br/>Using a software program written by a college friend, Yates can calculate from the 5 million pixels in each photo the median, mode and mean averages of the colors appearing throughout the city to determine the dominant hue of a neighborhood or a street, to name two examples. <br/> <br/>"I think of them more as color samples than as photographs," Yates explained. <br/> <br/>Yates expects to finish calculating the overall color of Palo Alto by Arbor Day, April 24, and will publicly present his findings Aug. 5, the seven-year anniversary of the project's start. <br/> <br/>Yates was first invited to propose a public art project for Palo Alto at the opening at a Napa museum of one of his previous art works - a vehicle he separated into individual pieces, then filed by descending weight in the world's tallest file cabinet, as recognized by the Guinness World Book of Records. <br/> <br/>In 2001, Palo Alto's Public Arts Commission awarded Yates a $10,000 commission to digitally photograph the city's 17,739 parcels, which he did between the first Monday and the last Friday of 2005. <br/> <br/>"More and more Priuses show up in the photos as the year goes on," Yates noted. <br/> <br/>To navigate the city's 556 streets Yates rode an electric scooter, which he charged with the solar panels installed on his "office as sculpture" garage in front of City Hall since 2004. <br/> <br/>"Palo Alto has a history of people inventing things in garages," Yates said. <br/> <br/>As part of the "zero-emissions project," the garage-office was made entirely from salvaged materials, including the former bowling alley lane that served as its floor, he said. <br/> <br/>Surviving on the $10,000 commission was not always easy. Yates spent one year living in his car, sleeping under the car cover, and stayed with six host families during the project's duration. <br/> <br/>"All my stuff is still in storage in New York," he said. <br/> <br/>Finally, at the end of his year behind the camera, Yates secured the funding to have the photos installed at City Hall: $25,000 from the art commission and $40,000 from Hewlett-Packard, whose equipment he used in the project. <br/> <br/>He spent the following year culling through his photographs to find each parcel's straightest, most focused snapshot. <br/> <br/>"I listened to books-on-tape endlessly," he said. <br/> <br/>On Thursday and Friday, Yates and three other men installed the photos, which will continue to serve other purposes when the City Hall display comes down in September. Yates is entering them into the city's geographic information system, where most city departments plan to access the pictures, updating them whenever new permits are required. And since 2003, the city's emergency dispatch center has been planning to incorporate the photos into its response to each 911 call. <br/> <br/>Meanwhile, Yates has become something of an expert in Palo Alto trivia, including with which letter the most city streets begin. With 64 streets, the letter "M" tops the list. <br/> <br/>"Palo Alto has zero 'X' and 'Z' (streets)," Yates said, "and only one 'Q.' " <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/>E-mail Kristina Peterson at [email protected] <br/>
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Rational

Rohnert Park, CA

#21 Apr 2, 2008
Senseless in Palo Alto wrote:
Waste of money..waste of time..only in Palo Alto
Sad but true... But then is there anything Palo Alto has done in the last 10 years that isn't a waste of money and time? Could someone please give an example?
PAUL SHYKORA

Calgary, Canada

#22 Apr 3, 2008
Rational wrote:
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Sad but true... But then is there anything Palo Alto has done in the last 10 years that isn't a waste of money and time? Could someone please give an example?
..not so...eh...
PAUL SHYKORA

Calgary, Canada

#23 Apr 8, 2008
Senseless in Palo Alto wrote:
Waste of money..waste of time..only in Palo Alto
...I's DO DISAGREE with Yous',toooo booot!!!Dhe ..ARTS..is the HIGH-END of Any Society...Period.!!!!....eh.Th ankyous' all.GOD Bless.The hillbilly farmboy has....spoken....
paul shykora arts

Calgary, Canada

#24 Nov 17, 2008
OUR EVOLVING....culture needs all kinds of ''good'' art and the Arts',toooooo boooot!!!!GOD Bless...Thankyou's to ''all'' the good Artists......Art Onward......eh.

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