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Austin airport to feature new art project

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A $1.66 million art project consisting of several hundred geometric sculptures along a walkway will open at the Austin airport in fall 2015.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/Z4EjCI ) reports the money will go toward the sculptures and a steel grid along the 400-foot walkway built on the third floor of the existing parking garage to connect the terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to a new facility for renting cars.

The art project, called "Uplifted Ground," will include hundreds of rectangular concrete shapes in earth tones built to resemble Texas limestone.

An airport spokesman says the project won't cost taxpayers because a city ordinance requires 2 percent of the construction costs of a city building to be used for artwork. The structure was financed with bonds paid for by rental car companies.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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