September 24, 2021

City launches latest round of temporary art installations


The city of Austin has unleashed nine provocative and whimsical temporary art installations across the city.

Started a few years ago, the TEMPO program commissions artists to create projects that take up residence anywhere from a few weeks to several months. the works will be presented together.

TEMPO 2017 installations are on view through early November at various locations around the city.  From Nov. 11-19, the installations will all be displayed at Edward Rendon Sr. Park in “TEMPO Convergence,” a collective exhibition that’s part of the East Austin Studio Tour.

Highlights of TEMPO 2017 include:

  • Steve Parker’s Tubascopes, a whimsical assemblage of reclaimed brass instruments that function like telescopes for the ears at Austin Nature and Science Center.
  • Ian Dippo’s The Aviary, a sculpture made of birdhouses that encourages connection between people via letter writing and paper folding, at the Carver Branch Library.
  • George Sabra’s Era Gate, a sculpture that examines the effects of air pollution in the U.S., at Pleasant Hill Branch Library.
  • R. Eric McMaster’s  A Composition in Parts, a sound installation that invites visitors to experience a deconstructed string quartet, at Schroeter Park.

Visitors can take self-guided tours using the ArtRides Mobile app which will provide suggested routes and audio of the artists describing their works at each stop.




Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
An award-winning arts journalist, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sightlines.

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