Courtesy: Liz Hernandez
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Grotto Wall at Sparky Park

Austin, Texas

Berthold Haas (

Sparky Park, 3701 Grooms St., Austin, Texas, 78705
Owner:  City of Austin Art in Public Places Collection
Date:  2008
Placement:  parks (grounds)
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  stone (rock), steel (alloy), glass (material), wood (plant material), ceramic (material)
Description:  Sparky Park, a pocket park created through a public/private partnership at the site of a former energy substation, is named for the electrical sparks that sometimes occurred there. The artist transformed an existing cinderblock wall into a sculptural landscape of trees and curiosities. Embedded in the wall are karst stones harvested from a Texas ranch and playful objects contributed by local residents. This work was selected for Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network Year in Review 2009.

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