Austin’s largest museum is free and has over 200 works of art spread out across town. From statues to sculptures, mosaics and murals, you’ll find one-of-a-kind art installations all over the city which are part of the Austin in the Art in Public Places program. Some days museums are great fun, but other days it’s nice to head to your neighborhood park and catch some art along the way.
The Art in Public Places program celebrated its thirtieth birthday in 2015 and continues to fund new projects each year. New construction project budgets have a mandatory 2% set aside for commissioned pieces.
You can check out the Art in Public Places website to search the collection by artist, material, year or location or you can choose from seven walking tours to hit multiple pieces at one time. You can choose from the following tours:
- Keep Austin Weird, including Your Essential Magnificence, a great place to sit and rest a spell on South Congress.
- Downtown, including the Willie Nelson statue in front of the ACL Theater.
- East Side Art, including the Rayo de Esperanza (beacon of hope) next to the Terrazas Austin Public Library Branch.
- Austin Icons, including the Trail of Tejano Legends on the grounds of the Mexican American Cultural Center.
- Lady Bird Lake Trail, including the Opposum Temple and Voodoo Pew that’s a great spot to take a break during a walk.
- Art in Parks, including the Deep Eddy Mural along the western edge of the pool grounds.
- Texas Main Street (Congress Ave.), including the Angelina Eberly statue in the heart of downtown.
You will likely easily recognize Austin’s most iconic pieces of art in public places, but can you find the most obscure? How many can you visit throughout the summer? What are the top 10 pieces you have driven by, but never seen up close? Make it a challenge for your kids that’s fun and free!
Mix some art, history and culture along with your family outings and appreciate the creative spirit that makes our city unique, vibrant and fun.
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