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
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is an arts and culture journalist who has covered visual art, performance, film, literature, architecture, and just about any combination thereof. She was the staff arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman for 17 years. Her commendations include the First Place Arts & Culture Criticism Award from the Society for Features Journalism. Additionally, Jeanne Claire has been awarded professional fellowships at USC’s Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and NEA/Columbia University Arts Journalism Institute. In 2022, she was awarded the Rabkin Prize in visual art journalism. Jeanne Claire founded and led Sightlines, a non-profit online arts and culture magazine that reached an annual readership of 600,000. And for two years, she taught arts journalism at the University of Texas College of Fine Arts. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Architecture magazine, Dwell, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Art Papers, and ICON design magazine, among other publications.

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