Life-Size Weeping Willow has 40,000 Interactive LED Lights
Aurora, a life-size metal and electronic tree sculpture, will put on dazzling light shows each night for one year after its public unveiling on November 16 in King Plaza in front of City Hall. Onlookers can define and control the lights of Aurora through a smartphone or tablet, and the whimsical sculpture made from steel will pass through the seasonal life of a real tree.
"Aurora is a perfect fit for Palo Alto and King Plaza in so many ways," said Trish Collins, a member of the city's Public Art Commission. "First of all, it's stunning in its scale and visual impact, both day and night. It will be a place where people gather, interact, contemplate and get inspired. And it attracts children as well as adults so families will get a lot out of it. Indeed, the entire effort was kicked off by two school children, showing that young people truly have a voice and an impact in the Palo Alto community."