Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, invites the public to experience a temporary art installation and World Environmental Day event at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) on Saturday, June 18, 2016.
Artist Mery Godigna Collet’s temporary land art installation, Let’s Talk in Volume, will be on display in the courtyard of the ESB-MACC from June 18 to November 25, 2016. It was commissioned as part of TEMPO 2016, a temporary public art project of Art in Public Places. Let’s Talk in Volume highlights the volume of crude oil people consume annually, approximately 1,100 gallons per person. Six vinyl spheres, in three varying sizes illustrating the volume of 1,100 gallons of oil, are tethered to the ground on top of plastic pebbles and glow stones representing plankton. The intention is to ask people to reflect on, in the artist’s words, the “good and bad” aspects of crude oil.
A family-friendly event to celebrate World Environmental Day is planned for Saturday, June 18 at the ESB-MACC. An exhibition of Collet’s work titled Petro-Poems, which uses crude oil and its byproducts as a creative medium, will also be on display in the ESB-MACC Community Gallery through the weekend.
Environmental Day Celebration:
When: 10am – 1pm, June 18, 2016
Where: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.
Music by Horizontes DJ Michael Crockett.
Artist Seph Itz will demonstrate how to crochet with recycled plastic materials.
Light refreshments will be served.
TEMPO, an initiative of the City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program within the Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts Division, encourages local artists to design and install temporary artwork to enliven and reframe outdoor public sites, serve as a catalyst for conversations about art and/or community issues, and foster experimentation with new materials and media.
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