A 14-foot public water sculpture, Confluence welcomes residents, shoppers, commuters and visitors to California Avenue. The artwork features several green gently curved bronze elements with water cascading down the face of the sculpture and splashing into a basin. The artwork minimizes water usage with its dry pump system that recirculates water to the fountain, only losing a small amount to evaporation.
A Palo Alto native, Michael Szabo earned his degree in sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design and soon returned home to plant his roots in San Francisco. He established Michael Szabo Studio in 2004 with a focus on large-scale, site-integrated sculptures that speak to the environments they inhabit. Working predominantly in stainless steel and bronze, Michael’s aesthetic language and occasional use of elements such as water have allowed him to explore the relationship between art, landscape, and architectural spaces.
There is another curvy sculpture by artist Michael Szabo in Palo Alto. Titled Arch Cradle, the artwork is located at Mitchell Park by the tennis courts.