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Art can inspire, energize and induce a positive emotional response. For this reason, we are committed to featuring more visual art into the total experience of our customers, visitors and attendees. In keeping with the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Program (AIPP), several iconic pieces were commissioned as part of the capital improvement budget for the original construction of the Austin Convention Center and subsequent additions. In addition to the public art collection, the Austin Convention Center Department began acquiring additional works by some of the region’s most accomplished artists, which can be found in various spots throughout the facility. Keep your eyes peeled for any of these exceptional works during your next visit!

Jennifer Chenowith

This is an emotional map of Austin made using participants’ responses to a 20 question survey, with questions like ‘where did you laugh the hardest’ and ‘where did you feel deep sadness’. We used X and Y coordinates to locate a place, with a Z point “up” for a positive experience and a Z point “down” for a negative experience. The map is color coded to a chart of emotions and generated in ArcScene, and was a collaboration with David Michael O’Donnell. The peak is Barton Springs at Zilker Park. When emotion is connected to location, location is no longer space, but place.

Artist Bio: Jennifer Chenowith

XYZ Atlas: The Hedonic Map of Austin