Public Art Eye Candy

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New works of art, including this mural in the Second Street District, have recently popped up around downtown. Given all the new construction projects, this is not surprising. Austin has a city ordinance that requires that “2% of eligible capital improvement project budgets are allocated to commission or purchase art for that site.” Some pieces are privately owned/funded, but most of the city’s public art is under the oversight of the Art in Public Places program.

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An intricate mosaic was laid in the Second Street sidewalk near the JW Marriott.

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Barren metal trees have sprouted near the JW Marriott driveway.

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Only a few of these sculptures are currently in place, but eventually 25 Pedestrian Geometries will be installed along Third Street.

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 A series of glass panes titled Aquifer were also installed on Third Street.

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Most people wouldn’t know that these whimsical notes outside the Austin Convention Center are actually meant to be used as bike racks.

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I suspect that this colorful mural near the Convention Center was painted during March’s South by Southwest, and I just didn’t notice it before this week.

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This pretty butterfly mural on the same building may also be a remnant from SxSW.

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