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ABIA Cell Phone Waiting Lot To Get Expensive Art Piece

Updated: Thursday, September 26 2013, 08:31 PM CDT

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will be getting new art in the cell phone waiting lot -- that's a $355,000 decision made by the Austin City Council Thursday.

The artwork is funded through Art in Public Places, a program created in 1985 to allocate one percent of every capital improvement budget to art. In 2002 that increased to two percent, and council removed the $300,000 spending limit.

"They range from rec centers, libraries, different facilities landscapes," said AIPP Director Meghan Wells.

She tells us the city spends $600,000-800,000 a year on art.

Right now the collection has more than 200 pieces around the city.

Outside city hall, stone benches encircle a sapling from the famous treaty oak, a cost totaling $130,000.

"Blue things" along Lamar and 5th Street titled Moments cost a whopping $45,000.

And the iron wave at the skate park in Central Austin costs $60,000.

KEYE TV asked Wells, "What would you say to taxpayers who think their money should not be spent this way?"

She replied, "Well the Art in Public Places derives its funding from bond measures and those are always up to a citizen vote," said Wells.

She explains, per ordinance the money cannot be spent elsewhere.

KEYE TV reached out to all of the council members, however none of them would comment on this city policy.

By Christie Post

ABIA Cell Phone Waiting Lot To Get Expensive Art Piece


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