Nancy Rubins, Californian sculptor of things fantastically giant, metal, and distressing (but great that way), will be on hand next month when University of Texas at Austin celebrates its newest campus public artwork, her Monochrome for Austin (2015). The largest work on campus, it’s comprised of 60 long aluminum canoes configured in an unlikely and explosive bouquet hanging 50 feet in the air (from cables and an armature); Rubins started the Monochrome series in 2010 and has completed similar works in Paris, Chicago, and Buffalo.
The piece is commissioned by UT’s Landmarks, which oversees its public art program, and is located at 24th Street and Speedway. On March 5, there will be a celebration of the completion of the work, which will “feature a public Q&A session with Rubins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception with live music, food and drinks at 6:30 p.m. at the Norman Hackerman Building.” The event is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance to attend. Go here to do so.