Construction Event

Elizabet Ney Museum
Through November 15
Talk with Artist Wednesdays 7p

Opening Party Wednesday, October 7 at 7p

In a district that has high competition for space in housing, business, and events, artist Jack Sanders explored the question of how residents experience moments of interruption, surprise, and change. Working with everyday materials used at both construction sites and events, Sanders engaged residents through an unexpected moment of curiosity by creating a large geodesic ball made with carefully constructed scaffolding materials. His work explored the ever-growing event economy of Austin and its connection to our quickly changing city.

“I have been intrigued with the idea of building a large structure out of scaffolding pieces for some time. What I’m doing with this piece is designing a 16 -20ft diameter, geodesic sphere that will be placed in the landscape in locations where sculpture wouldn’t necessarily be expected to be seen – just like we see construction sites pop-up unexpectedly in places that earlier on we thought were unchanging."
"I find scaffolding interesting because it’s a construction material - which is suggestive or indicative of the growth and how fast our city is under construction – but it’s also used for performances. Companies in Austin that sold scaffolding twenty years ago for construction trades, have a significant percentage of their work making stages, and bleachers, barricading, and tents. It’s a simple material but it tells so much of the story of what we’re collectively experiencing as Austin changes from a small college town into one of the larger cities in the US."

After it was design, the geodesic sphere was placed in the native landscape of the Elisabet Ney Museum in Hyde Park.  Holding "artist hours" every Wednesday evening, Sanders engaged district residents in conversations about the artwork and the district-specific issues it invoked.

Special thanks to the City of Austin Public Works Department.  This project is possible through the support of Howard Lazarus, Director of Public Works; Gerald Nation, Division Manager of District Infrastructure Operations; Johnny Colvin, Supervisor; Michael Collier, Supervisor; and Corey Jackson, Construction Event Installer.



Jack Sanders founded Design Build Adventure in 2005. His diverse portfolio celebrates the people, materials, climate, music, food and art unique to each project. He received his Bachelors of Architecture degree at Auburn University, participating in the Rural Studio Program where he worked with Samuel Mockbee. Jack co-produced a feature-length documentary on Samuel Mockbee, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the spirit of the Rural Studio in 2010. 

Council Member: Kathie Tovo

update from district nine:

Jack Sanders photo credit Stevan Alcala