Landmarks is proud to announce that Ben Rubin’s projection in Walter Cronkite Plaza, And That’s The Way It Is, gained national recognition as the recipient of two distinct awards.
In June, And That’s The Way It Is received a 2012 Year-in-Review Award from Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network. This is the only national award that recognizes projects of excellence in the field of public art. The 50 finalists for 2012 were selected from 350 applicants and selection criteria included artistic excellence in skill and form, innovative quality of the concept, and appropriateness to site context.
In August, And That’s The Way It Is received a CoD+A Award from The Art Commission. This award recognizes projects around the world that integrate art with architecture, interiors, and landscapes. It attracted 433 entries from 29 countries, but selected And That’s The Way It Is as one of the top three entries in the Public Space category. The Art Commission produced a video explaining the award process and introducing the winners.
Landmarks is honored by both of these awards and gratified by the recognition received for the ongoing collaboration with Ben Rubin and EAR Studio.
Completed in April 2012, And That’s The Way It Is is a video projection that serves as a meditation on 21st century broadcast journalism. Through a stream of text vignettes projected on the façade of the Communication building, it juxtaposes historical CBS Evening News broadcasts from the Walter Cronkite archive with current new broadcasts that vary in content and style. The piece can be seen everyday from dusk to midnight in the Walter Cronkite Plaza at The University of Texas at Austin.
In September, Landmarks received recognition through The Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin Critics’ Pick as the “Best Visionary Change on the 40 Acres.” As the Chronicle states, “Landmarks, the public art program directed by Andrée Bober, has been seeding the 40 acres with abstract and conceptual artworks from the last 65 years. The dynamic shapes and colors of the pieces – which include 28 sculptures on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mark di Suvero’s huge, red Clock Knot, a Sol LeWitt wall painting and sculpture, and Ben Rubin’s luminous textual tribute to Walter Cronkite – transform the spaces they’re in and open our eyes to the campus in new ways.”