Around town | November 22, 2013 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - November 22, 2013

Around town

FLASHING LIGHTS ... Aurora — the luminous, interactive tree brought to Palo Alto from Burning Man by a group of children — was successfully installed, piece by piece, branch by branch, in front of City Hall last week. Passers-by might have noticed that by this week, some of Aurora's 40,000 LED lights were out, due to faulty electrical connections, Aurora organizer and Palo Alto parent Harry Hirschman said. But don't worry: This week's heavy rain isn't the culprit. "This all happened during the initial installation," Hirschman said. "Charlie (the artist) came down to check everything, and she's held up just fine in the rain." Hirschman added that while a team is doing some tweaks on the software that will allow people to interact with the tree via smartphones or tablets, Aurora's server will be offline. "We are shooting to have the system stabilized by the end of the weekend, best case," he said.

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