REPUBLIC SQUARE PARK: BLACKBIRD
BLACKBIRD is a contemporary blend of pop, and traditional art, and reflects social images of Austin as a city full of non-conformists, or lovers of eccentrics. Her dark color and flamboyant detail will draw inspiration from a folk art tradition in Oaxaca, Mexico. She’s plump, decorative and fun, and very much in the spirit of…“ Please Touch The Art Movement”.
Also important in the feathered iconography is the recall of the urban black grackles, and a wish to connect with popular music. Who does not hear the voice of Paul McCartney when echoing the name BLACKBIRD? Designed to be installed in 2017, the large-scale stone sculpture will nestle between two existing cypress trees on the north side of the downtown park, and is designed by Holly Young-Kincannon, Assoc. AIA