While Houston and San Antonio have had a rough start to the year for public art, Austin had a bit of good news this week: it was announced that the Dallas-based Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation has donated $1.1 million to The Contemporary Austin for public art projects. In collaboration with the Waller Creek Conservancy, The Contemporary will use the money to commission projects along a 1.5 mile stretch of Waller Creek in downtown Austin. The first installation was unveiled yesterday—created by New York-based artist Orly Genger, the interactive sculpture is comprised of painted re-purposed lobster ropes.
The Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation and The Contemporary Austin have a history together—in 2013, the foundation gave The Contemporary $9 million to transform Laguna Gloria into a sculpture park.
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