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Historical Display
Inside the facility, in the Wing and the second floor walkway, History San José has mounted a series of exhibitions that celebrate the people, creativity and growth of San José. The exhibits include panoramic photos, historic artifacts, maps and paintings that help tell the story of San José’s evolution from the Valley of Heart's Delight to the Capitol of Silicon Valley.

  • San José City Hall water feature

Parade of Floats
As part of the development of the new San José City Hall, the City's Public Art Program commissioned artist Andrew Leicester to design artwork to be located on North and South 5th Street that would create gateways and orienting elements for the City Hall.

Parade of Floats is a procession of 16 sculptural “floats” recalling parades that exist in cultures throughout the world, and which are an expression of a community coming together in celebration. In Santa Clara Valley, parades traditionally involved community groups, clubs, fraternities, businesses and civic bodies in decorating floats for these processions. Keeping with this tradition, the community was asked to contribute to the identity, vitality, and diversity of the project by submitting descriptions of float ideas. A panel of local artists, historians, and community leaders selected the 16 final themes from over 250 submitted ideas.

The pre-cast concrete float bases are shaped as cars or chariots. The sculptures are ceramic tile over concrete and vary in shape and size. Seven have been developed in the form of columns, approximately 30 feet tall.

Float Locations
  • Map of the float locations

Additional information
Project Manager, Mary Rubin
San José Public Art Program - (408) 277-5144, ext. 16.