AUSTIN, TX—December 9, 2016—The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Program, part of the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, will host a free community viewing of designs for an artwork to be sited at the Austin Shelter for Women and Children. The event will take place on December 21 from noon to 2PM at the Rosewood-Zaragosa Neighborhood Center, 2800 Webberville Rd. The viewing is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
The event will showcase to the community designs for a new artwork for the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, part of the Austin Public Health department. Designed by artist Virginia Fleck, the artwork, which is comprised of two jewel-shaped sculptures titled Be the Mandala and I am the Music, will be installed at the Shelter’s new daycare facility being built in late 2017. Be the Mandala stands at 8’ tall at the highest point and 7’ wide. The opening into the sculpture is at 4’ tall for the average height of the children in the daycare center. I am the Music stands at 5’ tall and 6.5” wide and is also 4’ at the opening. Each sculpture design is ADA and playground compliant.
Fleck will be in attendance at the meeting to answer questions about the project and to solicit feedback to her designs.
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin.
Founded in 1985, the Art in Public Places (AIPP) program acquires and maintains works of art for City facilities and parks through commissions, donations, and loans for the cultural enrichment of Austin’s community. By City ordinance, AIPP allocates 2% of eligible capital improvement project funding to the acquisition of site-specific public artwork. 2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the AIPP program in Austin, the first municipality in Texas to make a commitment to include works of art in construction projects. For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.
Image: Rendering of artwork design planned for the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, working title Be the Mandala and I am the Music by artist Virginia Fleck
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