Art in Public Places’ TEMPO Program
The city of Austin gets into temporary sculpture in a big way, debuting 10 new works around town this fall
BY ROBERT FAIRES, FRI., OCT. 2, 2015
Now you see it, now you don’t.
That’s not a concept exclusive to magic. It’s increasingly part of our public art scene. Time was, a work of art that was added to the municipal landscape was intended to endure: a bronze statue of a civic leader or marble carving by an eminent sculptor. But nowadays, art will pop up on our streets or in our parks without notice, enliven our urban space for a period of weeks or days, then vanish as suddenly as the blooms of bluebonnets. Such temporary public art has been around for years, with Fusebox Festival and Art Alliance Austin among the local leaders in commissioning it. Now, Art in Public Places, the city’s public art program which has added many a permanent work of art to sites across Austin, is getting into temporary art in a big way. Its TEMPO program gives area artists a chance to play with the way Austinites experience their city by creating outdoor works that are up for just a limited time. This past spring, AIPP put out an open call for proposals for temporary art on city-owned sites, and this fall it’s presenting the 10 projects it selected. The first ones debuted in late August, but most of the rest will appear in the first half of October, with two others switching sites during that time. We’ve mapped out what’s coming online where, so you can be among the first to sample these short-term creations. For more information, visit www.austintexas.gov/tempo …
The Public Sentiment Campaign, by Jennifer Chenoweth & Dorothy Johnson
Dove Springs Park, 5801 Ainez; Mabel Davis Park, 3427 Parker; Metz Park, 2407 Canterbury; Montopolis Park, 1200 Montopolis
People’s memories and stories of regularly visited parks are evoked through brightly colored aluminum signage markers featuring collected personal quotes and whimsical “notices.” Through Nov. 8 at these locations, then Nov. 9-Dec. 6 at Brentwood Park, 6710 Arroyo Seco; Beverly S. Sheffield Park, 7000 Ardath; Gustavo “Gus” Garcia Park, 1101 E. Rundberg; Quail Creek Park, 1101 Mearns Meadow Blvd.; and Dec. 7-Jan. 4 at Pickfair Park, 10904 Pickfair; Schroeter Park, 11701 Big Trail; Great Hills Park, 10801 Sierra Oaks; Riata Park, 12401 Riata Trace.