The Blanton Museum of Art and its surrounding buildings on The University of Texas' campus are getting a dramatic $35 million makeover that will completely change the look of the 200,000 square-foot area with improved landscaping and new architecture.
The update is scheduled to break ground in February and isn't expected to be complete until late 2022.
The project will be led by award-winning, New York-based international design firm Snøhetta, and will feature 15 gigantic, flower-like structures that create a shady social space, which will be called Moody Patio. Of course, no social structure in Austin is complete without live music, so the area will include two stages and seating.
The flowers were designed to complement Ellsworth Kelly's colorful "Austin" chapel that was erected in 2018. In addition to the towering metal flowers, new landscaping will add more than 25,000 new plants to beautify the area.
The patio will unite and refresh the Blanton's two buildings, which have been criticized by passersby as looking plain. The Moody Foundation donated $17.5 million for the project, emphasizing a connection to nature.
On top of the immense structural changes, The Blanton commissioned an original mural painted by 105-year-old Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera, completing the southern entrance to the campus. This mural will be the first of many the museum will commission.
Herrera's mural, entitled "Verde que te quiero verde" or "Green how I desire you green," was inspired by Federico García Lorca's poem, "Romance Sonámbulo." The mural depicts 14 green squares coming together with four diagonal white spears to form a smaller green square.
So far, the museum has raised just over $33 million, with a goal of reaching $35 million for the completed project.
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Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway