Austin’s Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail Transformed:
TEMPO Project Announces Selected Artists
Austin, TX – Tuesday, January 30, 2024 – The Trail Conservancy, in collaboration with the City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Art in Public Places Program (AIPP), is pleased to announce the artists selected to participate in this year’s TEMPO on the Trail–a public art initiative that invites practicing visual artists and artist teams to create short-term or time-based artworks at various locations along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. TEMPO aims to cultivate curiosity, spark imagination, and encourage exploration of the vibrant city of Austin through temporary art installations.
“We believe art has the power to connect people to their environment in meaningful ways,” said Hanna Cofer, Interim CEO of The Trail Conservancy. “By inviting artists to create temporary installations along the trail, we hope to foster a deeper connection between our community and the natural world that surrounds us.”
This temporary exhibition encourages artists to select locations that resonate with them and to design artworks that can be easily installed and uninstalled in those respective locations, allowing for dynamic and ever-changing outdoor art experiences. Each artist will receive $25,000 to design, fabricate, and install their temporary artwork. Installations will take place from March – June of 2024.
The selected artists and their chosen Butler Trail locations are:
TEMPO promises to transform Austin’s outdoor spaces into a canvas of creativity and attract new visitors to the Trail, including residents and tourists alike. The Trail Conservancy and the Economic Development Department look forward to collaborating with talented artists to make this vision a reality.
About The Trail Conservancy
The Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, enhance, and connect the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake for the benefit of all. The Butler Trail is the 10-mile lush, urban path in the heart of Austin that gets more than 4.9 million visits every year. Since its founding in 2003, The Trail Conservancy has achieved restoration and beautification projects to the Trail’s infrastructure and environment while honoring the original vision of the Trail’s founders and ensuring its vibrancy for generations to come.