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New Burning Man Artwork to be Showcased in Downtown San Jose

Two artwork pieces from Burning Man will be showcased throughout downtown San Jose in partnership with Playa to Paseo.

Art pieces XO and HaHa by artists Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg will be up from Oct. 20 to Feb. 28, 2019, according to a release from the Office of Cultural Affairs.

“We are thrilled to bring XO and HaHa to downtown during the popular holiday season," said Office of Cultural Affairs Director Kerry Adams-Hapner.

Kimpton’s metal letter piece XO stands at 12-feet tall, and HaHa at 12-feet with 6-feet lowercase a’s, both symbolize freedom from fears and self-doubt.

Both artwork pieces will be installed separately at San Jose City Hall and the Hammer Theatre Plaza.

The art will be presented in a three-year partnership between the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and Burning Man Project Playa to Paseo, an initiative that highlights work which represents diversity of art at the Burning Man events annually.

“We invite people to play with art, snap their photos and enjoy creative expression they offer,” Adams-Hapner said.

Previous artwork showcased by the initiative included the Sonic Runway light installation, Ursa Mater, a bear made out of 200,000 pennies and Tara Mechani, a 15-foot mechanical figure.

A celebration for both of Kimpton’s pieces will be held on Dec. 7 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hammer Theatre Plaza.

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