The AIPP program requested proposals from visual artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, install and de-install short-term or time-based exterior artworks to be sited on City-owned locations throughout Austin.

The intent for the TEMPO temporary public art program is to promote tourism, cultivate curiosity, spark imagination, engage the community in a meaningful dialogue about public art, foster work by local artists and cultivate exploration of the City of Austin. Artists are encouraged to create artworks that reflect the site where they exhibit their work, and design artwork that can be easily installed and de-installed.

These artworks were commissioned through TEMPO, part of the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department. Local artists created temporary sculptures and sited them at Austin Public Library branches through Austin.

TEMPO 2021

The TEMPO 2021 temporary public art exhibition offers paid opportunities for practicing visual artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, install and de-install short-term or time-based exterior artworks. A variety of mediums including sculpture, mural, and time-based work will be considered.

Austin area artists are encouraged to submit a Request for Proposals by Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Artist Budgets: $3,000 to $10,000 (all inclusive). 

Artist Budget: $3,000 - $10,000

Deadline to Apply: closed


Austin Storybox

Adrian Armstrong
Dawn Okoro
Anthony "Mobley" Watkins II

Rendering shows a four sided box with each side featuring a life sized portrait of an elder Black Austin artist that are Central Texas Natives.
A four-sided box (8' x5' x5' ) with each side bearing a life-sized portrait of an elder Black Austin artist that is a Central Texas native and has called Austin home. A solar-powered, low-volume audio playback system attached to a motion-proximity sensor broadcasts a piece of documentary sound-art composed of recordings made by Mobley in participation with the subjects.

District 1
Carver Branch Library

The Light of Knowledge

Marianne Levy

Rendering shows a sculpture depicting a moth created with LED lights and ceramic tiles mounted on a metal frame.

A freestanding sculpture depicting a moth includes a solar LED light with ceramic tiles mounted and grouted into a welded metal frame. The idea visually represents the pursuit of knowledge and truth. Moths being attracted to light is a well-known phenomenon. The symbol of an open eye is analogous to the purpose of libraries as safe havens for those who wish to enhance and expand their intellect or to become “illuminated” on any subject of interest.

District 2
Southeast Branch Library


Veronica Ceci

Rendering shows eight lighted portraits that mounted on the ceiling and project shadows onto the ground.

Portraits, initially be conceived as ink drawings, will be digitized and replicated in laser-cut balsa wood. Eight lighted portraits will be mounted to the lip of the existing casing projecting the shadow of the portrait to the ground. The projections will be divided among the existing lights with less than half of the total lights used. It will be visible after dark, but it will still be experienced by the community. This is an innovative way to illuminate a bit of history behind the venerable namesake of the library.

District 3
Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library 

Two Aztec Parrots

Reynaldo Alaniz

Rendering shows two limestone sculptures composed of images that represent the pre-Hispanic culture of Mexico.Two large limestone sculptures composed of several images representing the pre-Hispanic culture of Mexico. Aztec and Mayan imagery are connected with the face in the center of the Aztec calendar. The intent is to promote more interest in the study of archeology, language, architecture and to promote pride in the history of the pre-Hispanic culture of Mexico before the conquest.

District 4
Little Walnut


Victoria Marquez

Rendering shows 4 x 8 panels painted and mounted onto a brick building. Objects are pressed into the wet paint resulting in a variety of textures and patterns.

This large-scale installation is a study of fluidity, repetition, color, the surreal, and the uncontrollable. Objects pressed into wet paint in the initial step of these paintings results in unforeseen patterns and textures, exploring a way to make something out of uncertainty. The installation will be installed on painted, 4' x 8' panels and mounted onto the brick building.

District 5
Manchaca Branch Library


Jonas Criscoe
Mai Gutierrez

Rendering shows a Mesoamerican sculpture shaped like an ancient pyramid.

This representation of a Mesoamerican sculpture acts as both a glorification and a tool to interpret the natural world. Driving inspiration from ancient pyramids touched by the sunset, it becomes a safe and shaded nook for library visitors to spend some time. The intention is for visitors to be able to congregate while surrounded by colored concrete blocks - a very commonly used building material in the countries of Mesoamerica.

District 6
Spicewood Branch Library


Lys Santamaria

Rendering shows three colorful mosaic domes with a mirrored center where viewers can see themselves in the artwork.

Three colorful, mosaic domes have a spiraled mirror mosaic center where the viewer sees themselves in the artwork. Radiating from the mirror is a magical blend of colors based on the study of the chakra system, color therapy, and color symbolism. By viewing, touching, and interacting with the domes, a feeling of joy, wonder and happiness emerges to help promote healing for all the residents of our beautiful city.

District 7
Milwood Branch Library

Little Picchu

Suzanne Wyss
Ilya Pieper

Rendering shows a sculpture depicting the mountain Huayna Picchu.

The setting of the ancient Peruvian city of Machu Picchu is recreated by a 1”= 60’ scale, triangulated, welded, steel sculpture. The mountain of Huayna Picchu grows out of the ground, forming three peaks and will have dichroic plexiglass mounted inside some triangles. Prismatic light will be reflected inside the sculpture on the ground below and will change with the natural light though out the day.

District 8
Hampton Branch Library


Laurn Malkani

Rendering shows a 24 panel LED light installation suspended by a rail and cable mounting system.

This 50,000-LED installation will be built from 24 daisy-chained matrix panel displays controlled by a Raspberry Pi 4 and suspended from a rail and cable mounting system. This sculpture explores universal connection by creating a living poem. Each poem is made by scraping intimate public messages about the pandemic, loneliness and longing from online forums like Twitter and Reddit. Re-stitching the messages brings these fragments together into a new whole.

District 9
Central Branch Library

Brighter Day Ahead

Olaniyi R. Akindiya

Rendering shows abstract human figures cut into circular shaped steel plates and mounted onto a center pole.

Steel plates are CNC-cut in the shape of a circle and mounted onto a center pole. Abstracted human figures are also cut into the steel. This freestanding sculpture explores the cultural traditions of what parents pass on and are continued by new generations. Text that reads; BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD is also CNC-cut into the steel, illustrating immigration of cultures, religions, traditions, beliefs and fashions.

District 10
Howson Branch Library