City allocates $105,500 for downtown artwork

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The City of Austin is investing $105,500 in two downtown public art projects, in partnership with Art in Public Places.

One piece will be located at the Auditorium Shores trailhead, immediately west of the First Street Bridge near the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, and have a budget of $28,500. The second piece will be located at 8th Street between Congress & West Ave, with a $77,000 budget.

The city is also working toward a $700,000 art project at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Art in Public Places is a program collaborates with professional and local artists to create cultural landmarks and place art where people work and live. The program was established in 1985 by the city, through a city ordinance that allocates two percent of building construction budgets toward artwork commissioned or purchased.

UT has several Art in Public Places art pieces around campus, including a $1.5 million skyspace under construction, on the roof of the Student Activity Center designed by artist James Turrell. The skyspace is a circular enclosed area lined with reclined benches that allow easy viewing of the Texas sky. The piece is projected to open in October 2013.

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