Vandals damage outdoor art exhibit


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on November 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 26 at 8:13 AM

AUSTIN -- There is an unusual sight as you approach East 11th Street and Rosewood. If you stop to look, you'll see seven large structures. It's a temporary exhibit made of  recycled bicycle tubes.

Artist Amy Scofield says she took the tubing, stapled it together, then wound it like a ball of yarn.

Each one weighs about 300 pounds and sits on a pedestal made of the same material, except spiked with valve stems.

This project, which is part of "Art on the Way" is supposed to send a message about sustainability since the tubing isn't recyclable. But, someone sent their own message on Thanksgiving when they managed to knock them down, damaging the work.

Scofield suspects it was someone out having fun. In response, she has put up flags where the round works of art used to be, letting vandals know she is upset.

Scofield spent the summer collecting used bicycle wheels. She says, "Inside the tire is the inner tube, and I had to cut all those valve stems out by hand. "

She figures she saved about one ton of tubing from going to a landfill.

The exhibit is called Spare/Spheres (Butyl is in the eye of the beholder).

For more information on the project, click here