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A Rolling Art Tour in Palo Alto

Original post made by Janet Lafleur, Rex Manor, on Aug 2, 2013

Public art can awe-inspiring, moving, perplexing or shocking, sometimes all at the same time. It can be the pride of a community or a target of scorn from critics. When it's doing its job right, art provokes a reaction.

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Posted by ingress
a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Google has a fun GPS-based smartphone game called "Ingress" that encourages you to bike or walk around town to find public art and historic sites (shown on a map in the app). I was surprised how many art pieces there in Palo Alto that I had not seen before, including many along roads that I use all the time (like El Camino). You don't notice these from a car, but if you know where to look you can really appreciate them on foot or on a bike.


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Posted by Janet Lafleur
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Janet Lafleur is a registered user.

@Ingress Ugh. I have an iPhone not an Android phone so no Ingress for me. It sounds interesting though. And yes, when you're riding or walking you notice a lot more than when you're driving by.


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Posted by Janet Lafleur
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm

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BTW, I forgot to include the link to the art tour photo album. It's here: Web Link


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Posted by ingress
a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

Google has a another GPS-based smartphone app called "Field Trip" that also maps and describes public art and historic sites. This one is a simpler, less intensive app and may work on lesser phones.


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Posted by No apps while riding
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I enjoy riding my bike for the fun and discovery WITHOUT having my face buried in a screen for once. I think a lot of us need to rediscover the fun of getting lost.


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Posted by Janet Lafleur
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

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@No apps while riding If you want to get lost on the bike and discover things, I recommend Stanford campus. I had to pull over and check the map more than once to find the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, and found several more pieces of art in the process.