International open ideas competition receives 960 entries for an iconic landmark in Silicon Valley

Artists and designers from 72 countries and 6 continents submitted designs for Arena Green
By: San Jose Light Tower Corporation
Urban Confluence Silicon Valley
Urban Confluence Silicon Valley
SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 13, 2020 - PRLog -- The San Jose Light Tower Corporation (SJLTC) announced they received close to 1,000 submissions—from participants in 72 countries and six continents—for their worldwide open ideas competition, Urban Confluence Silicon Valley, by the July 1 deadline. The competition invited artists, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, designers, engineers, students, and anyone with a passion for place-making to submit ideas for activating Arena Green at Guadalupe River Park and Gardens. A City of San Jose downtown park spanning the confluence of the Guadalupe River and Los Gatos Creek, Arena Green provides two banks on which a project can take place. The landmark aims to give Santa Clara County "an enduring and unique design that advances humanity in the world's epicenter of innovation" and will be presented as a gift to the City of San Jose.

"We are elated over the massive amount of interest in our design competition," said Jon Ball, Board Chair of Urban Confluence Silicon Valley. "With the state of the world today, what could be more relevant than connecting people? Today, we are one step closer to creating an outdoor space that brings our community together in this critical natural setting. Since inception, our goal has been to create a world-class visitor experience much like the Eiffel Tower, St. Louis Arch, and Statue of Liberty. San Jose and Silicon Valley deserve a landmark we can be proud of!"

The competition continues with a local Community Competition Panel (CCP), which will evaluate the entries and recommend up to fifty to the competition Jury that will meet August 3 and 4. The jury of fourteen is comprised of local, national, and international experts, deliberately representing various disciplines. CCP and Jury members will be looking for a transformative design with an impressive physical presence and a net-zero energy approach that will become a destination representing how Silicon Valley operates as a bridge from past to present to future. The project has raised more than 1.5 million dollars to date with fundraising efforts ongoing. Construction of the winning design is expected to start in 2022.

To learn more or donate to the project, please visit

About Urban Confluence Silicon Valley
Urban Confluence Silicon Valley is the bold project that is creating an artistically inspired and iconic landmark that builds civic pride in San Jose. The Competition is managed by the San Jose Light Tower Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation created by residents of San Jose and other Silicon Valley cities who are passionate about urban place-making and the role that design can play in building community. This group has developed a strong working partnership with local government and philanthropy. For more about this exciting and incredible journey from the past to the future for America's tenth largest city and Silicon Valley, or to get involved as a donor or champion, please visit

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