Austin Unveils Really Big Glass Wall

Clifford Ross. The Austin Wall (detail), 2013. Stained glass and steel. Photo by Casey Dunn. Courtesy of Clifford Ross Studio.

Clifford Ross. The Austin Wall (detail), 2013. Stained glass and steel. Photo by Casey Dunn. Courtesy of Clifford Ross Studio.

After a six-year-long collaboration with the federal government, a major architectural firm, a German stained glass manufacturer and a photo artist, the 2-ton, 28’ x 28’ The Austin Wall will be unveiled on Tuesday evening at the newly constructed U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin. The courthouse lobby will be open for viewing at 6 p.m. and there will be remarks and discussion with artist Clifford Ross at 7 p.m. The evening will be a festive art opening with live music and food trucks, but it is a federal courthouse—so bring a photo I.D. and leave the weapons at home.

The public artwork by Ross was commissioned by the General Services Administration (GSA). The GSA reserves one-half of one percent of the estimated construction cost of each new federal building to commission artist projects.

Ross’ high-resolution photography of the Texas Hill Country, like those featured in 2009 survey exhibition Clifford Ross: Outside Realism at the Austin Museum of Art, is the basis for the imagery of the stained glass wall.

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