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Austin's Alleys Could Be Come The Next Art Spot

Updated: Friday, April 12 2013, 09:43 PM CDT

Alleys around the world are being scrutinized as viable public spaces. That's why the City of Austin is kicking off their first alley exploration to showcase a potentially new kind of public space -- something temporary, dramatic, multi-use, artist-driven and pop-up.

The alley located on 9th Street between Congress and Brazos will come alive with 20ft WIDE from April 17 to April 21.

The collaborative case study will temporarily activate a downtown alley as a vibrant public open space.

Curated by Art Alliance Austin, the capstone of the 20ft WIDE exhibition is an overhead sculpture created by the design team of Dan Cheetham (Fyoog) and Michelle Tarsney in collaboration with Creative Action.

"Our intention with the sculptural installation is two-fold. First, is to underline the features of the alley, to elevate its presence and expose its utilitarian beauty. Second, is to transform the experience of the space.  The installation creates a backdrop or context for new public activities to occur in this space in-between," says Cheetham. 

The alley will host a mix of artist projects and multi-generational happenings engaging people with the dynamic past, present and future role of Austin's urban alley system.

In addition to the sculpture, multiple artists will interpret the space through sound, performance and paint.

For opening night, April 17, Cameron Beauchamp and his vocal ensemble Convergence will bring to life the built environment often forgotten for its acoustical qualities.

On Saturday, April 20, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Austin families are invited to explore the transformation of the Alley into an artist-driven playground for children and adults.

For more information on the full lineup of activities, go to http://www.artallianceaustin.org/20ft-wide.

By Angel CovarrubiasAustin's Alleys Could Be Come The Next Art Spot


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