Everybody Must Get Stoned

City hopes to represent every Asian country in public art project

Renderings for the proposed building
Renderings for the proposed building (Courtesy of AARC)

The headline really writes itself: Well-traveled Austinites get stones in 50 countries, bring baggies with the goods Downtown. Yes, that's "get stones," folks – not a typo.

No but really. The city's Art in Public Places program is planning a mosaic for the new Asian American Resource Center at 8401 Cameron, and artists Sunyong Chung and Philippe Klinefelter need your help.

They're looking for a stone from every country in Asia, from the Ural Mountains to Japan, Arctic Circle to Indian Ocean. For those keeping score at home, that's about 50 countries, including some obvious ones – China, Russia, and India – as well as at least half a dozen -stans, most of which we bet you couldn't point out on a map.

Pack up your contributions – maximum size 6 inches by 6 inches, thicker than three-eighths of an inch, and only one per country – in a plastic bag; label it with your name, contact info, and the country of origin; and bring them to 201 E. Second anytime between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday. Submissions will end when every country is represented or July 1, whichever comes first. If you have any questions, contact Terra Goolsby at terra.goolsby@austintexas.gov or 974-6456.

Not all stones may be used, unused stones will not be returned, and installation is expected to be completed in April 2013.

… Maybe the 20th? Nah, too easy.

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