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Hudson Meats gets 3-D art decoration

Monday, October 8, 2018 by Katy McElroy

Longtime Austin artist Rory Skagen will soon be adding another element to the South Austin Business District’s colorful landscape. The Economic Development Department has been working with the South Congress Merchants Association and Souly Austin Program, a partner in this project for the last two years, to bring the artist’s 3-D installation to the area. “The new install continues in the tradition of my work following the Greetings from Austin mural, while being unique to South Congress,” Skagen said in a press release. “The colors illustrate my mood and memories of visiting South Congress while shopping, dining or staying in one of the avenue’s fine hotels. The nod to the history of South Congress was deliberate. Having visited South Congress since 1992 the memories change into nostalgia as time goes by. This kind of nostalgia has happened over the generations since 1852. I find that amazing.” Skagen’s project, which will be completed on Oct. 10, is being installed on Hudson Meats, which has operated on South Congress since 1968. “Rory Skagen’s historic view of the skyline is a colorful reminder that while Austin may keep changing, South Congress will always be our city’s most picturesque gateway,” said Michael Portman from Birds Barbershop, a board member of the association.

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