"...Several of Hamilton's prior projects have been expansive like this, but that isn't why Landmarks Director Andrée Bober had sought to work with Hamilton for years. "I wanted to work with Ann," she says, "because she's an artist who produces excellent work of the highest quality, and work that I and many other people respond to deeply." That work takes many forms – radically different forms, from huge architectural installations to a meditation boat, from sculptures made of nontraditional materials to photos taken with a tiny camera held in her mouth – so Bober didn't know what form Hamilton's commission for Landmarks would take..."
"...In tackling this "everything is bigger in Texas" commission, Parlá was especially sensitive to the environment. In his artist statement, he mentions being "inspired by the natural and cultural landscape of Texas and the Americas." Though the work is decidedly abstract, Landmarks Director Andrée Bober notes that it "renders Austin through [Parlá's] eyes, with a palette that evokes its vast skies, abundant nature, and pulsing urban core..."
"...It ought to be oversize and expansive, with a wealth of great pictures. This holiday season sees no shortage of volumes that succeed in that, and we've chosen five that tell massive success stories – of women who work, of printmakers, of an airline, of a basketball team (Go Spurs!) – in massive ways, with massive style. – Robert Faires The CollectionsEdited by Andrée Bober UT Press, 720 pp., $125..."
"...Seems the university decided a few years ago that it was time to have a real policy regarding the collection and display of public art on campus, and so engaged Peter Walker Partners, the architectural firm behind the Speedway and East Mall renovation, to develop a Public Art Master Plan that would guide the acquisition and placement of public art in coordination with the Campus Master Plan created by Cesar Pelli & Associates 12 years ago. Out of that effort has come Landmarks, as the public art program is called, and its first big project is the long-term loan from the Met, which was initiated by Landmarks founding director Andrée Bober..."