In 2015, Fisterra Studio created the Dance of the Cosmos sculpture. Artist Jennifer Chenoweth collaborated with many friends, including engineer John Dolecek and fabricator Robert Whitehurst, to create it.
Dance of the Cosmos is a large scale kinetic and solar powered sculpture. Its shape was inspired by a Tibetan Lotus Mandala and Robert Plutchik’s wheel of emotions. The purpose of the artwork is to visualize the concept of acceptance and emotional wholeness. The flower opens and closes with the rising and setting of the sun.
It has been on temporary display on the grounds of the Elisabet Ney Museum on 45th Street since May 2015 as the first piece in the ongoing “artist in residence” program developed by the the museum's director, Oliver Franklin.
Jennifer Chenoweth is now donating the sculpture to the people of the City of Austin. Dance of the Cosmos has found its permanent home at Patterson Park on Airport Boulevard just east of I-35. The materials for the artwork were supported by a grant from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division. The Austin Parks Foundation just awarded us a generous grant to fund the restoration and relocation of the piece by a landscape company. However, we must raise an additional $5,000 to donate to the Parks and Recreation Department to support its long-term maintenance (mechanical and electrical parts).
Why East Austin and Patterson Park?
In recent years, Austin's east side has changed rapidly and dramatically, causing many citizens to feel a sense of disconnect to their community. Positioned at the intersection of several historic neighborhoods, the Mueller development, and traditional "old" East Austin, Patterson Park is centered at the thrust of this striking change.
The park's location is an ideal bridge between these diverse communities, some residents of which feel largely forgotten by the city and often lack access to art and local centers of community. We hope that the sculpture will create a visual landmark that draws people, encourages community participation and increases positive use of the park.
Friends of Patterson Park; the neighborhood associations of Mueller, Schieffer-Willowbrook, Cherrywood, and Delwood II; the Arts Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department have all voted to approve the donation.
We need your help! The artist and fabricator have donated their time and labor. Can you help donate to the maintenance fund?
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Jennifer Chenoweth (and friends)
Risks and challenges
If we cannot raise the funds to donate to the Parks and Recreation Department, the artwork installation and ribbon cutting ceremony will be delayed until we can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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