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Art installation helps visualize social distancing

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by Tai Moses

Photo by Ryan Conway, Gensler

A new art installation called the Parkspace project has both a practical and an artistic purpose as it helps Austinites visualize the necessary 6-foot space to slow the spread of Covid-19. The first phase of the project was installed in June, July and August at Roy Guerrero Colorado River Park, Pease Park, Republic Square and Zilker Park. Now the installations can be seen on the Long Center lawn and the Statesman Bat Observation Area under the Congress Avenue Bridge. According to the news release, the project provides a “creative wayfinding system to encourage safe practices for our community. The site-specific installation series uses eco-friendly turf paint to delineate spaces where people can come together to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities” while still keeping a safe distance from others. Cory Baker, president and CEO of the Long Center, said, “We look forward to welcoming Austinites onto our lawn now and for the exciting activities we have planned for the fall season.”

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