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.

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:


Andrée Bober and Landmarks
Pat Clubb and University Operations
Douglas Dempster and the College of Fine Arts
Linde Hicke and the College of Natural Sciences
Landmarks Advisory Committee
William Powers and the Office of the President
Bob Rawski and the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction
David Rea and the Office of Campus Planning and Facilities Management
Frederick Steiner and the Campus Master Planning Committee

Project Team

Nisa Barger, project manager, Landmarks
Andrée Bober, curator and director, Landmarks
The Beck Group
CO Architects
Jaime Garza, Nabih Youssef Structural Engineers
HMG & Associates, Inc.
Nancy Rubins, artist
Sasaki and Associates
Keith Westmoreland, Office of Facilities Planning and Construction

Special Thanks

Dean Anes, Gagosian
Colin Cook, Nancy Rubins Studio
Deb Duval, event coordinator
Michael Johnson, Nancy Rubins Studio
Nick Nobel, external affairs, Landmarks
Nancy Princenthal, curatorial contributor
Tim Rogeberg, Nancy Rubins Studio
Christine Schneider, Nancy Rubins Studio
Joel Searles, Nancy Rubins Studio
Bill Shambaugh, Nancy Rubins Studio
Stephanie Tapauraskas, development, Landmarks
Jennalie Travis, development, Landmarks
Catherine Zinser, education, Landmarks