San José Semaphore – Credits

San Jose Public Art Program

This project was initiated as a part of the San Jose’s percent for art ordinance.

The City of San Jose Public Art Program seeks to build community identity by initiating artworks and exhibitions that enhance the civic landscape. Through active community engagement with artists, public art projects strive to reflect the City’s ethnic diversity, historic richness, and envision its present and future. The Public Art Program is a division of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The San Jose Arts Commission oversees the Public Art Program, established by a 1984 municipal ordinance that provides 2% for art in City capital improvement projects, and 1% for art in eligible private development.


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The project was commissioned by Adobe and produced by Adobe and the San José Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.

Philips Lumileds

Illumination for the San José Semaphore is provided by 24,000 Luxeon® LEDs donated by Philips Lumileds in San José, California.

San José Semaphore uses state-of-the-art high-power LUXEON LEDs made by San José-based Lumileds.

Parallel Development Ltd.

Will Pickering of Parallel Development Ltd. provided engineering and fabrication services for San José Semaphore.

Production Credits

Design Associate: Peter Zuspan
Graphics firmware and additional software: Paul Paradiso
Project Electrician: Alan Wieteska, Cupertino Electric

Fabrication & Machining: Patrick Gavin, Parallel Development

Voices of the Semaphore: anonymous (speaking), Elisa Zuritsky (singing)

Website and web based transmission: Scott Design

Special thanks to Mark Hansen and Dan Wallach for their assistance in developing the Semaphore’s encoding scheme.