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Elevated Prairie

Austin, Texas

Legge, Lewis Legge (Andrea Legge, Debora Eve Lewis, and R. Murray Legge)

Robert Martinez Sr. Central East Substation, 812 Springdale Rd., Austin, Texas, 78702
Owner:  City of Austin Art in Public Places Collection
Date:  2004
Placement:  police stations
Artwork Type:  earthworks (sculpture)
Material:  steel (alloy), earth, grass (plant material)
Description:  The pattern of a fingerprint is shaped by steel planters seeded with indigenous coastal prairie grasses and wildflowers, set in a labyrinthine path and flanked by rolling, bermed turf grass. The artwork reflects the investigative work performed in the forensics lab. Cedar planks for seating are nestled within the planters and around the center, in which sits a copper disc of shallow, slowly circulating water. The piece was recognized by Art in America Magazine Public Art Review 2004.
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