Open Room

Submitted by Public Art Services

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Client: City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP)

Location: Austin , TX, United States

Completion date: 2010

Project Team

Artist

Rosario Marquardt

Project Manager

John Grant

Public Art Services

Overview

Open Room was conceived as a social sculpture by artist Rosario Marquardt for the Sand Beach Park in the downtown Seaholm District of Austin, Texas. It was designed as a place of encounters and a stage for everyday life and stories to unfold. This installation features a 24-foot-long table with a “delicate” lace tablecloth, benches and lighting structures, all made of powder-coated aluminum, inside an al fresco “room” surrounded by trees.

Goals

This community gathering space has become a staple in Austin as a place to meet with friend for an impromptu picnic or join the table and make new friends.