Lou Neff Point Gazebo - Austin, Texas
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N 30° 16.035 W 097° 45.707
14R E 619106 N 3349048
This gazebo resides at Lou Neff Point and provides a beautiful setting overlooking Lady Bird Lake.
Waymark Code: WMMXAY
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 11/19/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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This gazebo is located at Lou Neff Point, where Barton Creek meets the Colorado River. This gazebo, designed and built by a team of local artists and architects called the Austin Group, is one of Austin’s earliest Art in Public Places projects. From the Smithsonian AIC Description:
A gazebo constructed of steel tubing which was allowed to rust before being treated, lending a brownish-red tone to the structure. The roof of the structure forms an arching open lattice pattern between three steel columns. The center of the roof is open; the overall pattern is triangular. The columns supporting the roof consist of three cylinders clustered together. The cylinders are of differing heights. The gazebo is built around the remaining stone walls of a previous structure. In the center of the gazebo, suspended from cables, is a wrought-iron sculpture composed of an armadillo, a rattle snake and an eagle. The animals are positioned on an outline of a circle inside a triangle. The animals are poised for conflict with each other. The snake's mouth is open and fangs are visible. The eagle's beak is open and its wings are partially spread. The eagle grips the back of the armadillo with its proper left talon. The armadillo's mouth is open and its back is arched. It's claws grip the lower half of the snake's body.
From the Smithsonian AIC Remarks:
Nearby plaque: "Artistic Team: David Santos, Project Director; Joe Perez, artistic ironwork; Louis & Adrian Herrera, steel fabrication; Ray Ullrich, structural engineer. As part of this project, the wisteria will be cut back This is beneficial to the wisteria. It will be trained over the new gazebo." The gazebo replaces the original Lou Neff gazebo that was previously installed on the site and incorporates the stone wall of the original structure. The gazebo was named for Mrs. Lou Neff, an Austin civic leader and volunteer. The new gazebo was part of the Town Lake Gazebo Project and was funded through the city's Art in Public Places Program as a percent for art project. Total funding for the Town Lake Gazebo project, which included three gazebos, was $75,000.
TITLE: Lou Neff Point Gazebo

ARTIST(S): sculptors: David Santos, Joe, James & David Perez, Louis & Adrian Herrera

DATE: 1993

MEDIUM: Wrought iron, steel, stainless steel, wood


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

Zilker Park, Lou Neff Point (confluence of Barton Creek with Colorado River) Austin, Texas

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