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The SJMN today has a fun story about Adobe's new building in San Jose, which has some kind of art on the top of it that has people guessing what exactly it is... or says.

Tonight, Adobe Systems will unveil ``San Jose Semaphore,'' a work of art designed to jazz up San Jose's stunted skyline, even as it challenges the city to crack a code.

Created by interactive artist Ben Rubin and commissioned in 2003, ``Semaphore'' sits atop Adobe's Almaden tower. The artwork pairs 21st-century digital technology with semaphore, a communication mode developed centuries ago that used moving flags or lights to send messages.

``San Jose Semaphore'' will send a message. Four revolving 10-foot discs will spell out letters and numbers in code. At night, the amber circles will glow.

Adobe senior vice president Melissa Dyrdahl predicted it could take two years to break the code. The solution -- known to just a few -- is a verse ``literate'' people will recognize, she said.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Aug 07, 2006 at 12:15 PM


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