The acclaimed Palo Alto Art Center wrapped up its community-engaging series of site-specific installations exploring art in public and community spaces with San Francisco-based artist Ben Wood's The Tower Well for one night only, on Friday, August 31 2012. The temporary site-specific installation was projected onto the water tower building at Alma Street and Hawthorne Avenue in Palo Alto and focused on Palo Alto's important role in both the advent of the motion picture and the larger landscape of California history. The site-specific work marks the last of Palo Alto Art Center's On the Road program and will celebrated the upcoming opening of the revamped Palo Alto Art Center.
Lasting approximately one hour and 30 minutes in duration, the art installation included video from educational films treating historical topics such as the Native Ohlone period, the Spanish colonial era and the Gold Rush. The project will then turn to films that illuminate the history of early cinema, such as Edison's Kinetoscope, the Lumiere Brothers' Cinematographe and local pioneers such as Eadweard Muybridge, whose stop-motion photographs paved the way for innovations in earlymotion pictures. Audio will accompany the films.
The installation was funded by the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation in conjunction with the Art Center's On the Road initiative. The project was co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Public Art Commission and presented in collaboration with the Palo Alto History Museum.