Town Lake Park Children's GardenBeverly Penn, lead artist, with Steve Wiman, Kate Catterall, Grady Hillman, James Polk, Leticia Rodriguez
This children's park slotted for the city's new cultural epicenter is a veritable discoveryscape of arts and imagination: a splash fountain, a bubble fountain, lily pools with squirting water based on the Fibonacci series, an amphitheatre, a mini lighthouse casting rainbows. The project, originally budgeted at $28,000, received an unexpected boon when the Junior League of Austin offered to donate $480,000, which City Council will consider this month.
UntitledR. Murray Lege, lead designer
East Police Substation & Forensics Lab
"This is a public art piece that blurs the line between public art and landscape architecture," says Martha Peters. "It's like an earthwork." From close up it appears as a simple meditation garden and labyrinth in front of the forensics lab, a few trees, a nice lawn. Step back, and it's in the shape of a fingerprint.
Lamar UnderpassCarl Trominski
The first AIPP project to tackle streetscapes, this makeover of the often clogged Lamar & Third underpass was the brainchild of Council Member Will Wynn. But it was Trominski, an architect, who created the design, a series of blue reflecting panels, mounted along the wall like roadway signs, a visual riff on guitar frets or oars in the water. "It's really a piece for cars," says Peters. "When the car lights hit the signs, they'll shine."