In accordance with the Pease Park Master Plan, as well as Imagine Austin and the Downtown Austin Plan, the Conservancy is committed to enhancing the cultural environment at Pease through the introduction of public art. Public art is a powerful tool in raising community consciousness and reinforcing an authentic sense of place.
Public art is a communal activity that encourages folks to visit public spaces, in this case revealing all that Pease Park has to offer. It can be powerful for communities and neighborhoods to develop their identity and define its culture. The Conservancy is pleased to announce two major public art installations are slated to be installed in the next year. Read more about them below and make your contribution to the PPC Art Fund at the bottom of the page. Donations made through this page are restricted to the public art programming developed and implemented by the PPC Arts Committee.
Pease Park Conservancy is very excited to announce that internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty will be coming to Austin in January 2018 to create one of his majestic Stickwork sculptures in Pease Park utilizing locally harvested tree saplings at a location along Shoal Creek.
Mr. Dougherty has a 30-year track record for building his Stickwork sculptures at prominent museums, public parks, and college campuses all over the world. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been featured in the New York Times and the Princeton Architectural Press published a book highlighting his work.
Each piece takes roughly three weeks to construct and utilizes volunteer labor in harvesting materials. The installation will remain on display in Pease Park for several years and will become an instant Austin landmark sparking the imagination of old and young park patrons and passersby.
In partnership with The Contemporary Austin and their Museum Without Walls program, we're thrilled to host David Deming's Mystic Raven in Lamar Terrace near 29th and Lamar. Deming taught at the University of Texas Austin from 1972-1996, serving as the Chair of the Art Department from 1992-1996 and Dean of of the College of Fine Arts from 1996-1998. He left UT to work as President of the Cleveland Institute of Art until his retirement in 2010.
Mystic Raven is a sculpture that evokes man, bird, and machine. It was the first monumental piece placed in downtown Austin, where it was displayed in front of the First City Centre on Congress Avenue. The sculpture's bold forms and impressive scale convey the sublime experience of being overwhelmed by nature. Mystic Raven was executed in 1983 as a symbol of growth, change, and progress. The sculpture also demonstrates Deming's interest in physics, and he experimented with the tripod as a 'symbol of separate parts drawn together in unity'