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Hugs and Kisses from San Jose City Hall


In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs is offering a free commemorative photo,  taken in front of the public artwork XO  at City Hall.  Photos will be taken of couples, co-workers, groups, BFFs and even with a much-loved pet.   Professional photographer, David Lepori, will be stationed in front of the artwork on February 14 at lunchtime from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, and again in the evening from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

WHAT: Free Photos at the artwork XO

WHERE: San José City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

WHEN: February 14, 2019, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

WHO: You and ones you love.

Each group will receive a complimentary copy of  the photo printed on the spot. Limit one per group. Photographs will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. So plan to get there early!

The artwork, XO, by Laura Kimpton with Jeff Schomberg, is part of the three-year Playa to Paseo partnership between the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and Burning Man Project to site temporary artworks throughout San Jose. XO was installed on October 20, 2018 and will be up through February 28, 2019. A companion work, HaHa also by Laura Kimpton with Jeff Schomberg is currently on view in Hammer Theatre Plaza through the end of February.

XO by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Shomberg Burning Man Art Playa to Paseo.

About the Artwork

XO consists of 12-foot tall metal letters. According to Kimpton, XO is a love letter to the community. It is reminiscent of how many of us sign off on letters, emails, and texts. It is what we use to make sure that the people we interact with know our affection and love. In a time of division and strife felt across the United States, XO reminds us to share love and kindness with each other, to help create a world where love is the sentiment connecting us, through our thoughts, words and actions. Its siting in City Hall Plaza, is symbolic for local government’s love of San Jose and its community.