Temporary public art plays an important role in attracting new and emerging artists to the City’s public art program, enriches the civic dialogue, cultivates tourism, and engages public space in a unique way. The TEMPO program allows artists to explore a range of themes suitable for the outdoor environment and provides the opportunity for innovative, thought-provoking artwork that impacts the way people experience their environment. Enjoy the following artists at this years Austin’s New Year Celebration.



by Brent Baggett

Reminiscent of a small spacecraft that has landed in the park, this cube sculpture has six maze forms with small, recognizable depictions of things that can be found in a park such as people, animals, activities and bugs. Participants can interact with the sculpture by moving each object around each side of the maze.

Humble/B-15 (Oil and Ice)

by Dameon Lester

This 9’ tall sculpture is an abstract form that is blue‐black on top, representing oil from the Texas oil industry, and icy blue colors at the base, referencing glaciers melting due to climate change. The title references two oil and ice related moments: a 1962 Humble Oil advertisement touting it could melt 7 million tons of glacier a day and the largest iceberg that broke off in 2000 named B‐15 at 4,200 square miles.

The Aviary

by Ian Dippo

Using multiple bird houses as a representation of community living in close proximity to each other, the artist is creating an activated space for chance encounters between community members. Layering on the symbol of a mailbox, the artist sees the sculpture as a connection between one’s own home and the public realm.


by Steve Parker

Inspired from World War II listening devices, these three interactive sculptures work like telescopes for your ears. Each unique sculpture is made from reclaimed and repurposed brass instruments and is intended to help people engage in the simple, yet profound, act of intentional listening, focuing their listening on specific, far away sounds that they might have been otherwise ignored.


by vûrv new media arts collective

Lampy is an immersive experience that activates, captures, and then manifests the rhythm of human motion in order to celebrate the collective energy of the moment. A live infrared video feed of the dance zone is captured in real time and fed into audio-reactive visualization software that is integrated into our gestalt motion-driven visual composition.

2018 Featured Visual Art Attraction!

Pathway to enLIGHTENment

Once at Auditorium Shores, and It begins to get dark, you will notice something new and very different about this year’s event. A colorful glow from the trees will be your first clue. On your way to the Community Stage and Kids Area, you will pass through the walkway on the west side of the park, that runs from Riverside drive to the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue on the banks of the Colorado River. The path will transform into a vivid and mind melting visual extravaganza for the senses. The Pathway to enLIGHTENment. Enter the pathway from any direction and you will immediately be mesmerized by moving lights and effects under the tree canopy and around you on the ground.

Executive Producer Jeff Miller adds “We wanted to create something special in that area of the park. A visual work of art that is constantly changing colors, shapes, and evolving. Something that peaks the senses and changes the way you look at that space. And one that also highlights our hero and inspiration, the life and music of Stevie Ray Vaughan, who’s memorial statue is prominently featured at the end of the pathway bathed in light and smoke”.

Hours: Dark to 10:30pm on New Year’s Eve!