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Wanted: Train-loving muralist

Thursday, April 8, 2021 by Tai Moses

Thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation, a new Zilker train will be coming down the tracks soon; the popular attraction is anticipated to reopen in the fall. The train isn’t the only thing that’s getting revitalized; the tunnel under Barton Springs Road Bridge, which is on the train’s route, is also due for an upgrade and a “site-specific outdoor mural.” The parks foundation is partnering with the city’s Art in Public Places program on a request for proposals for the mural space and is accepting submissions through April 23. According to a news release from APF, “The mural site is set on the west side of the river and the piece will run underneath the bridge, approximately 52 feet and between 8-10 feet high. Once an artist and design is selected internally by APF, the organization will work with the AIPP team on the final selection and have the project and art approved.” Ladye Anne Wofford, the foundation’s chief mission officer, added, “With so much excitement around the opening of the new Zilker Park train, our goal in this restoration process is to evoke the spirit of Austin – past and present.” Find the full RFP here.

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