New series spotlights artists who create work for the public realm

Rendering of Janet Echelman's public art project for the entrance drive to Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

The Texas Society of Architects and the city of Austin’s Art in Public Places program are pairing up to co-host a series of free quarterly lectures spotlighting artists and architects who create work for the public realm.

The artists featured all have AIPP-commissioned projects in the works for Austin.

The free events are held at the Texas Society of Architects, 500 Chicon Street. Talks start at 6 p.m.

Jan. 30: New American Public Art Members of the Massachusetts-based collective will discuss their interactive sculpture, “Kemplen’s Owls,”  for Austin’s Green Water Treatment Plant Re-Development site within the Seaholm district.

April 10: Beili Liu. The Austin-based artist’s 2013 “Thirst” project — a tree that seemingly hovered in Lady Bird Lake — garnered considerable attention and expanded Austin’s notion of public art to wider realm.

Aug 14: Thoughtbarn. The design savvy of this Austin-based collective cleverly amplified a North Austin community garden. They’ve also delivered for super popular annual “Creek Show” event of light-based installations along Waller Creek.

Oct. 9 Janet Echelman. Known for enormous, undulating aerial net sculptures, Echelman is currently fabricating a 300-foot long sculpture inspired by Austin’s own Mexican Free-tailed bat colony.

More info on the series at austincreates.com

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