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New Temporary, Interactive Public Art Piece on Congress Avenue
March 8, 2017




Congress Avenue
Public Art
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XYZ Atlas: Congress Avenue, a new temporary interactive and collaborative public art initiative that reveals how we are connected to one another and our surroundings was installed recently at the corner of Congress and Cesar Chavez. 


From now though the end of April, downtown visitors will enjoy this unique art installation and then visit a website to answer questions about their memorable experiences on Congress Avenue, a vibrant street rich in history.


Created by artist Jennifer Chenoweth, XYZ Atlas’s goal is to show the emotions people feel at different geographical parts of Austin by reframing the idea of place not as land, streets, or buildings, but as places connected to emotion and meaningful moments in people’s lives. 


XYZ Atlas will also help inform the stakeholder engagement process of the Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative, a project by the City of Austin that will create an urban design and implementation strategy for Congress Avenue that results in a human-centric, multi-functional complete street with a clear and attractive identity.


VISIT XYZ Atlas: Congress Avenue at the Corner of Cesar Chavez & Congress.

ANSWER eight emotion based questions online.

CONTRIBUTE to a public art project that creates a visual representation of your experiences on Congress.


Commissioned by the Downtown Austin Alliance, this is a Heart of the Community project, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, and is supported by a grant from Southwest Airlines. The XYZ Atlas is a Fisterra Project, an arts nonprofit lead by artist Jennifer Chenoweth.