“SuperMegaMultiplexTexas” by Barbara Strasen and additional art installations
The recently renovated entrance of 816 Congress Avenue completely reworked the plaza and lobby of the building — a project that features a monumental installation by Los Angeles-based artist Barbara Strasen, a painting triptych and related series by Kathryn Henneman, an acrylic and light work by Vasa Mihich, and a 16-foot sculpture by Harold Roach.
Strasen’s enormous lenticular mural extends over the span of the lobby light wall, which is 11.5 feet high and 66.5 feet across. There are two contiguous panels within each section of the light wall (30 sections in all) for a total of 60 “lenticular panels” – a back-lit, translucent sheet of laminated plastic upon which multiple images are printed, viewable in varying combinations depending on the angle and distance from the panels.
The lobby is open for public viewing weekdays 7 am – 5 pm and weekends 12 – 5 pm.
Reality * Texas * Mythology
Bedgood sought to address and have fun with long-lived myths of Texas. Images of cowboy hats and “big hair” are etched into restroom mirrors enticing travelers to try on these legendary looks. Metal medallions with images of real people, objects and animals of Texas with topics like the origins of cowboy lore, and the blood-squirting horny toad are installed over drinking fountains in the concourse area. Mediiuim: Etched glass and etched metal medallions Photograph by Jeff Rowe
to Parts Unknown
These simple linear images come from aviation guides, pilots manuals and flight maps with swaths of reflective runway paint. Medium: Tarmack paint and glass beads on wood panels Photograph by Martha Peters
MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM
Austin Creative Alliance is funded in part by grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes that a great nation deserves great art. We are also grateful for the ongoing support and participation of our members and patrons.