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

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