Next date: Thursday, October 07, 2021 | 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program will host an interactive new media festival, Code:ART, October 7-9, 2021. The three-evening event will engage area locals in an event that outwardly reflects the creative community that thrives here. The second iteration of Code:ART will once again temporarily reframe the City as a laboratory for urban interventions and creative placemaking while engaging commuters, residents, students and visitors in dialogue to re-imagine downtown.

Destination Artwork: A major temporary new media artwork by Marpi Studio has been commissioned for Lytton Plaza, anchoring the three-day festival and acting as a major draw to the downtown corridor. Paleoalto will be a large interactive artwork that visually responds to visitors and has different daytime and nighttime programming.  

Urban Interventions: Up to six urban intervention installations will be installed in the downtown corridor, reimagining downtown spaces and exploring potential new uses of some of the sites. These interventions, or prototypes, may be augmented reality, virtual reality, street furniture, projections, or any other type of intervention that activates or alters downtown storefronts, alleys, parking lots or blank walls in new and inventive ways. Intervention team members will be on hand during the festival to discuss their pieces and engage the public in conversation.  There will be temporary signage at each installation site with basic information about the intervention, the creator(s), and will offer a way for the public to give feedback. 

Public Tours and Events: Public Art staff will conduct two public tours each evening of all intervention sites. Various downtown partners have agreed to host presentations, VR demonstrations and exhibits, and panel discussions about the role of arts and technology in creative placemaking and the future of cities. 



  • Thursday, October 07, 2021 | 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday, October 08, 2021 | 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 09, 2021 | 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Various locations in downtown Palo Alto

250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94303  View Map

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