Since 2008, the folks at Landmarks have been commissioning and installing public art across the University of Texas campus. Piece by piece, they're turning the university into a self-guided outdoor museum space.
The latest piece in the Landmarks series is also the largest. Monochrome for Austin, by artist Nancy Rubin, stands nearly 50 feet high and stretches across 24th street. It comprises around 75 kayaks, canoes, and small boats, arranged together to form an impressive whole that almost resembles a giant, otherworldly tree. The piece is so large that, when assembling it, considerations had to be made to ensure that it wouldn't block the path of any firetrucks.
Such a large piece can't really have an unveiling, since there aren't any veils large enough to cover it, but Monochrome for Austin will have a celebration on Thursday, March 5, beginning at 5:30 pm. There will be a question and answer session with artist Nancy Rubins and art critic Nancy Princenthal, followed by a reception at 6:30.