Public Art Needs You

Austin public art is everywhere.

Don’t believe me? Just walk down Congress.  You’ll find giant colorful guitars, giant cast iron bat statues, and my favorite- this frightening woman.

Public art is just one (albeit important) facet of the rich artistic community that makes Austin what it is.

Perhaps that’s what acclaimed artist Gary Sweeney was going for when he created “Keep Austin Surreal”– a colorful, whimsical temporary mural for Art on the Way.  Sweeney’s Keep Austin Surreal was created from over 5,000 industrial Put-in Cups in a chain-link fence. Colorful graphic designs include: a rocket ship is being launched in the same sky as a flying saucer, a giant red-eyed bulldog, and neon floating fish.  The mural stands 12 feet tall and 30 feet wide, and is visible at 517 South Lamar Blvd. See the piece now through October 23rd, 2011.

If public art is a major interest of yours, the Cultural Arts Division’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) Program is seeking to fill a vacancy on their panel.   Interested persons may download the application form here.  The deadline to submit application materials is 5:00 pm,Friday, September 2, 2011, to the Cultural Arts Division Offices, 201 E. 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701.

Questions should be directed to Meghan Turner, Acting AIPP Administrator, at (512) 974-9314 or

Apply today! It is panels like this that really do Keep Austin Surreal and keep Austin public art alive.

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The Austin Creative Alliance is a nonprofit performing arts service organization working to cultivate an environment where the performing arts can grow and flourish. We serve over 130 arts organizations with marketing, ticketing, audience development services; AEA paymaster, information & referral services — plus access to affordable health, liability, and event insurance. We also provide online professional development seminars, fiscal sponsorship services for emerging arts groups, host annual unified general auditions, annual theatre industry awards, and consistently advocate for the many benefits the arts bring to our quality of life.

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