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Take a digital Wander through downtown Austin

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Katy McElroy

In December, the Art in Public Places Program will debut a choose-your-own-adventure interactive public artwork titled “Wander.” The project was created by artists Chris Gannon, Chadwick Wood and Brockett Davidson. To participate, download the mobile-optimized Wander app and head to the “Beacon” – a 9-foot-tall sculpture at the Second Street entrance of the Central Library. From there, your experience turns digital: When you open the app you will be presented with four story choices. Choose one, and let the adventure begin. At the end of each chapter, you will be faced with a choice, and your answer will determine what location you go to next. There are two kid-friendly stories and two that are more geared to adult audiences, the stories are available in English and Spanish, and the app is accessible to the blind and visually impaired community. Austin authors Lucas Schaefer, Jessica Topacio Long, Janalyn Guo and Fernando Flores were chosen by the artists to write the stories in a 2015 competition, and the stories are illustrated by Brockett Davidson, Matt Rebholz, Hallie Rose Taylor and Brian Maclaskey. A printed edition is planned to be released in public libraries throughout the city. “Wander” kicks off with a free event on Dec. 9 from 3-5 p.m. at the Central Library, which will include discussions with the artists, demonstrations and story readings.

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