Best of Austin More 2016 Critics Arts & Entertainment Best “Not a Museum” Museum: Museum of Human Achievement Best Austin Film Scene Tipster: Dan Eggleston, Austin Film Casting Yahoo Group Best Life Changer: Barry Maxwell, Street Lit Best Mopar Poet: W. Joe Hoppe Best Summer Soundtrack: Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein Best International Passport: Indie Meme Best (and Worst) Video Game Ideas: Saam Pahlavan's Twitter Account Best Speller: Nihar Janga Dancer Most Likely to Be Mistaken for an Alien Lifeform: Rosalyn Nasky Best New Look for an Old Play: Hamlet by Sarah Presson/Eye Like Design Best Art for the Masses: TEMPO – temporary public art displays Best Thought Experiments: Curtis Luciani and Kaci Beeler Best Li’l Drive-In in Texas: Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In Best Truly Odd Comedy Venue: The Institution Theater Best Return of the Austin We Miss: Austin Stories Reunion Best Moving Image Memorial: Tower Muralist Most Likely to Bring Back the Age of Aquarius: Rex Hamilton Best Curative Curators: Los Outsiders Best Unstoppable Comedy Dynamo: Lashonda Lester Best Word Warrior: Ebony Stewart Best F. U. to Dan Patrick: Carina Magyar

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Best Space Energizer: Beili Liu

The air just feels different around a work by Beili Liu, as anyone can tell you who recalls The Mending Project, her stunning installation at Women & Their Work with 1,500 pairs of iron scissors suspended overhead; or Amass at Texas State University, where 16 10-foot spears were held in space by floor-to-ceiling threads like gigantic webs that caught them in mid-flight. Liu's grand scale and meticulous placement of materials charge the atmosphere and raise the hairs on your neck – an effect she achieved even on Lady Bird Lake, with a ghostly white tree hovering above the water in THIRST, created with architects Norma Yancey and Emily Little, and landscape architect Cassie Bergstrom. More and more, Liu is asked to make work around the world, but we hope she'll keep generating power here for a long time.

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