Community Invited to Celebration of “Pods” at Montopolis Neighborhood Center
AUSTIN, TX—March 8, 2017—The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Program, part of the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, will host a dedication ceremony for Pods, a new artwork for the City’s Public Health Department. The event will take place on March 24 at 11:30AM - 1:30PM at the Montopolis Neighborhood Center, located at 1416 Montopolis Drive, Austin, Texas 78741. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
Pods, the recently-installed artwork by artists Amy Bunker, Foster Talge, and Travis Seeger, will serve as a symbol of hope and progress within the Montopolis community. Its design features three spheres made of thousands of individually-crafted shimmering stainless steel leaves supported by steel trunks. Each sculpture is mounted at a different height, ranging from 15 to 20 feet tall. According to the artists, the work "metaphorically celebrates family unity by representing an endearing relationship between the three steel structures sprouting up from the earth.” The natural patina of the trunks provides a stark contrast to the bright, reflective globes at top, "representing bursts of hope, and illustrating the potential of development and possibility.”
The artists worked with the Montopolis community during the design of the artwork, gathering feedback at several meetings at the Montopolis Neighborhood Center. As part of the celebration, the Young Artist Project (YAP), part of the Austin Healthy Adolescents (AHA) program, will present a short performance.
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.
Installation image of Pods, 2016, by artists Amy Bunker, Foster Talge, and Travis Seeger
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