Project History

Landmarks commissioned artist Nancy Rubins to create a site-specific sculpture on the northwest corner of 24th Street and Speedway Drive. Composed of 70 aluminum canoes and small boats, the sculpture, titled Monochrome for Austin, draws its support from a steel armature and intertwining cables. Each boat was individually positioned by Rubins and her crew of five over a three-week period. Standing at 50 feet tall, it is the largest sculpture in the collection and will feature prominently when future plans for a scenic, pedestrian-only Speedway are realized.

Nancy Princenthal, an art critic and faculty member of the School of Visual Arts, contributed the artist essay, which provides greater detail about Rubins and her work.

Funding for Monochrome for Austin was provided by the capital improvement project for the Norman Hackerman Building. This project was the result of a collaborative effort among many, but Landmarks would like to give special thanks to the following: Nancy Rubins, Michael Johnson, Colin Cook, Tim Rogeberg, Joel Searles, Bill Shambaugh, Christian Schneider, Dean Linda Hicke and the College of Natural Sciences, OFPC and project managers Keith Westmoreland, The Beck Group, CO Architects, Sasaki and Associates, HMG & Associates, Inc., and Jaime Garza of Nabih Youssef Structural Engineers.