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MuellerFan
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MUELLER INFORMAL POLL #1 - Interactive Public Art for Town Center/Aldrich St
by MuellerFan on October 30th, 2012

Hello Muellerites and surrounding community neighbors!! You are invited to take part in this extremely informal survey series asking what YOU would like to see in Mueller's future development. Every 1-2 weeks a new topic will be posted, please feel free to submit suggestions for new topics, but please keep on topic while the current poll is open.

This week's poll asks for suggestions for INTERACTIVE public art for the new Aldrich Street area (formerly know as town center). If you see an idea you like, please leave a comment, because that equals a "vote" for that idea. If you've seen an interactive public art installation in a city that you would like to see replicated in some way at Mueller, or if you have a unique idea, please share it with us!

Poll closes on Wednesday, Nov 7, and all ideas will be copied and shared with Catellus and Aldrich St. planners. You are welcome to continue adding to the poll even after the closing date. We may revisit this poll again, if there is sustained interest.

Thank you in advance for your participation! With your input, we will be a strong community voice, and help shape the future of Mueller!

 
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Rick Krivoniak
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MUELLER INFORMAL POLL #1 - Interactive Public Art for Town Center/Aldrich St
by Rick Krivoniak on October 31st, 2012

I would love to see a work of art that would really get some notice at Aldrich Street. But, I really think that name is lame. For instance, the Concourse, Runway, Starport, Jetway, Airline, Tarmac, Gatehouse, AUS, Approach, or the Landing (not to be confused with the Landing Strip!), and a hundred other names could better reflect the aviation history (I know, Aldrich owned land there), or find something a bit catchier like Paseo, Rambla, Solar Square, EcoPlaza, People's Park, etc.

As for art, there are dozens of light poles remaining at the former remote terminal parking lot. How about suspending a few (out of reach for safety reasons) as a very large wind chime. Too noisy? Mueller has yet to embrace wind for renewable energy, so put windmills on the light poles. Or, arrange them in the ground to create a unique outdoor space like a circle or grand passage, and suspend banners, shading tarps or even artificial bluebonnets upside down from them to allow an ever changing and adaptable installation. Just a few ideas to re-use an available Mueller resource. I'd love to see something that would get the world's attention like the "bean" in Chicago's Millennium Park or the Cadillac's in the ground in west Texas, but I doubt we'll get something of that magnitude.

At night, I would hope the lighting level might be low enough to allow projected images or patterns to make the space fun and ever changing.

I love fountains, but the conservation "image" and maintenance issues are worth avoiding. I also think complicated technology should be avoided, and I'd bet Catellus would agree after the "Sunflowers."
 
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MUELLER INFORMAL POLL #1 - Interactive Public Art for Town Center/Aldrich St
by MuellerFan on November 1st, 2012

Hi Rick, thank you for your thoughtful responses.

About the name...that is apparently a "done deal", decided on by Catellus and Town Center planners. I don't like it either, and said as much during the table talks at the Town Hall meeting last week. The response I got was "this was decided after months of consultation with paid national marketers". Some Muellerites like the name, but most I've talked to do not. I think it doesn't help that we weren't asked before the name was chosen. Catellus could have easily selected several names that they liked, and run a poll to include the community's input. Perhaps this would be a good topic for our next Informal Poll. Stay tuned!

GREAT idea to reuse former terminal pieces for the interactive public artworks. Recycling and references to Mueller origins, and possibly energy generators, all in one package. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have art in Mueller worthy of national attention?

Seems that children's play fountains are already part of the Aldrich St plan, this is the impression I got from the Town Hall meeting. I think they are great, but am worried about maintenance, given the history of the issues at Butler Park with their fountains.
 
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MUELLER INFORMAL POLL #1 - Interactive Public Art for Town Center/Aldrich St
by Mateo Barnstone on November 1st, 2012

Personally, I don't really care what they call it as long as they build it. The branding seems to me to be a peripheral issue - not important to the overall success of the project. If Aldrich St. doesn't work out people will find their own names and it will happen organically.

As far as public art - I think art-by-committee or art-by-consensus usually doesn't end up being interesting to anyone. I'd rather see a selection process to pick an artist and let the artist come up with the concept.

But if we're throwing out ideas and seeing what sticks - I like stuff that is interesting and thoughtful, but doesn't take itself too seriously. Perhaps a place for installations that rotate in and out and always draw new interest. Hard to come up with examples - but this is kind of idea that is fun for people to gather around:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1021258/The-amazing-telescope-lets-New-York-Londons-Tower-Bridge.html

Also quite like the sculpture that has been going in town around Austin, stuff kids can climb on like the playful and poignant Angelina Eberly statue downtown or the wonderful Philosophers Rock at Barton Springs.

http://casi-griz.com/Events/06-08-07_Austin/60sculpture1.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39250372@N06/4336180726/

And here's a way out of left field idea that isn't art, but is about public space. Love the iconic moon towers around Austin. This was a common way to light cities a 100 years ago, but Austin is the only city that has kept them. 17 of the original 31 are scattered about town. I believe two or three have been taken down for various reasons but am un-clear on whether they will go back up (hopefully so). But if not, what an addition it would be to have a moon tower located between town center and the park, provide some much needed light to the park at night and become another focal point for the neighborhood.
 
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MUELLER INFORMAL POLL #1 - Interactive Public Art for Town Center/Aldrich St
by Greg Kiloh on November 1st, 2012

Ned Kahn does incredible interactive and dynamic public art: http://nedkahn.com/ He will be doing a piece at Seaholm, but that doesn't mean he couldn't also do something unique at Mueller.
 
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MUELLER INFORMAL POLL #1 - Interactive Public Art for Town Center/Aldrich St
by mary Bowen on November 2nd, 2012

Something organic will evolve from that silly name, ie "the Drag". As far as the art goes, I submit Don Redman, http://www.donredman.com. Take a look, you need Flash to view the site.
 
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MUELLER INFORMAL POLL #1 - Interactive Public Art for Town Center/Aldrich St
by joan neuberger on November 2nd, 2012

There's a great sculptor in Coupland (N of Elgin), Jim Huntington.
http://www.huntingtonsculpture.org/
 
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MUELLER INFORMAL POLL #1 - Interactive Public Art for Town Center/Aldrich St
by MuellerFan on November 13th, 2012

Great responses everyone, and thanks Mrs Aaron for providing a link to a pinterest page for our continuing conversations about public art in Mueller. This question has been posted for 2 weeks, so I am going to wrap this up tomorrow by copying and sending replies on to Catellus.

Let's start a new question tomorrow, what ideas do you have for Town Center/Aldrich St that we could discuss for the next 2 weeks?

- Joy
 
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MUELLER INFORMAL POLL #2 - What 3 Mueller Things Are You Thankful For?
by MuellerFan on November 16th, 2012

In the spirit of Thanksgiving season, please list 3 things about Mueller for which you are thankful. This list will be copied and sent to Catellus. I am not an employee, just an interested Mueller home owner who plans to live here for decades and wants to see more frequent dialogue b/n Catellus and our community. :)

Here is my list:

1. Wonderfully friendly and community-spirited neighbors
2. Farmer's market w/n walking distance from my house.
3. Great place for talking walks, scenic parks during the day, and well-lit streets at night.
 
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