A sculpture by artist Charles Ginnever currently located at Mayfield Mall site in Mountain View could be shifted to Palo Alto as the site is redeveloped. A Palo Alto board is scheduled to discuss the matter on Thursday.
"Untitled (In Homage to my Father)," a large, angular steel sculpture, was commissioned by Hewlett-Packard in 1985. It is currently installed at HP's former Mayfield site on San Antonio Road. The site is slated to become housing as part of a Toll Brothers development project, which straddles the Palo Alto-Mountain View border.
The project's landscape architect has proposed moving the Ginnever piece to a planned grassy recreation area on the Palo Alto side of the development, which will contain 45 multi-family townhouse and stacked-flat units. The artwork will be the topic of a Thursday study session by Palo Alto's architectural review board.
The sculpture was not included in the original plans, said architectural review board liaison Russ Reich, so the board will need to weigh in on "the appropriateness of the placement." If the board agrees with the proposed relocation of the piece, it would then become a part of the development agreement sent on to Palo Alto's planning and transportation commission and city council for approval.
The sculpture is included in a guide to city and corporate-owned public art in Mountain View, French said. San Mateo-born Ginnever also has pieces at Stanford University and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Because the Mountain View piece remains privately owned, its placement does not require the input of the city's public art commission, Reich said.
The Architectural Review Board will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Palo Alto council chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave.