A participatory installation of commentaries and drawings on the future of the city.

Framed by a basic set of rules, passersby are invited to address the simple prompt, What is your dream city? The ensuing responses become a conversation rooted in the intersection of thoughts, ideas, concerns and suggestions. Our Palo Alto street corner turns into a lively universal agora. The final piece stands as an information tree and surely an unpredictable collective artwork in its own right.

Say hi to the wall. Hover over to explore comments.

Today more than ever, the of merging walls, people and play is an invitation for our imagination to further revitalize the urban fabric and make it more organic.

StreeTALK is also a design experiment in which we are exploring the dynamics of creative control. In both city planning and individual creations, we enter into a set of relationships where the contextual demands are always too great to allow the free flow of solutions. Cities can be as inherently dysfunctional as they appear extraordinary. Paradoxically, it may be the very nature of these tensions that promotes vitalism in our cities.

Paradoxically, it may be the very nature of these tensions that promotes
vitality in our cities.

The rules of making and use are contingent on conditions that must be controlled by a collective body. Between order and entropy everyone has an opportunity to find a place of coherence.

*StreeTALK was commissioned by The City of Palo Alto for the Code:ART festival on June 1-3, 2017. Code:ART had the support of an Art Works grant through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and support from local corporate sponsors.