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Karst Circle

Austin, Texas

W. Gary Smith (

Circle C Fire and EMS Station, 11401 Escarpment Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78749
Owner:  City of Austin Art in Public Places Collection
Date:  2004
Placement:  fire stations
Artwork Type:  earthworks (sculpture)
Material:  stone (rock), grass (plant material)
Description:  This earthwork, located in a storm water detention area near the EMS parking lot, is intended to provide a contemplative respite for facility staff and visitors as well as an opportunity for environmental education. The 30-foot-diameter circle is formed with karst limestone salvaged from the site during construction of the building. The interior of the circle is planted with bushy bluestem, a native grass that thrives in natural burn conditions and takes on a salmon-orange after the first frost.

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