So Your Cat Can Do Better?

Today’s online Statesman received a slew of responses to its article about the art installation at the Lamar underpass near 5th Street. Most comments were negative. Many people mistook the blue signs for some sort of traffic warning. Others considered the installation a blatant waste of taxpayer money. Even those who favor public support of the arts thought their cat could produce something better.

Well, now you critics and artists alike have a chance to put your designs where your mouths are. Austin’s Art in Public Spaces is seeking artists for a New Public Art Opportunity at the future Twin Oaks Library on South 5th and West Mary.

An artist information meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM at the library (formerly the South Austin Post Office). Deadline for submissions is August 30. For more information on how to submit your concept check out the Request for Artist Qualifications.

5 Comments so far

  1. Chip (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

    Link, please.

    Is this the article you are blogging about?

    http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/07/17wear.html


  2. Chip (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

    Okay, it turns out that one of the best resources on the topic is an earlier Austin Metroblogging article:

    http://austin.metblogs.com/archives/2005/01/blue_panels_on.phtml

    What Ben Wear (and mss) fail to mention is that what was installed was not what the artist designed.


  3. ttrentham (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 9:24 am

    Hooray for us! I took the liberty of adding Chip’s link to the original post and I also re-opened comments on the post from Jan. 2005 that Chip linked.

    BTW, Chip, anchor tags are allowed in our comments. Or are you adding the URLs in your comments on purpose?


  4. Adam Rice (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

    My cat is currently completing a commission for the city of Houston, and will be unavailable for this project.


  5. M Sinclair Stevens (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

    Hey, I know the cat. He’s got that whole Jackson Pollack thing going on. Groovy.



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