Field Notes

  • WALLER CREEK POP-UP PICNIC

  • Commissioned by the Waller Creek Conservancy to design and build an installation for the April 2013 Pop-Up Picnic. Jack’s original proposal was a 150′ diameter geo-desic sphere made from scaffolding parts — that was probably going to cost too much. The next iteration was a simple campfire. Once it was clear that the City of Austin was not going to support the campfire concept, the idea of a “virtual” — or even “structural” — campfire emerged.

    Adventurer Spence Kellum was critical to the design and the math.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014
  • THE MOHAWK

  • Another collaboration with Robert Gay of Thoughtbarn, this project’s limited budget encouraged resourcefulness, recycling, and paying the crew in beer.

    The venue needed a quick and inexpensive identity to mark new ownership. We transformed the existing front fence into a woven abstract banner. The varying shades of green in the 60-linear-foot fence are made from pallet strapping sourced entirely from the dumpster of one Austin lumber distributor.

    Over the years, Robert and Jack have continued to make installations at the Mohawk, including both stages, the wood wrap, the indoor … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 20th, 2014
  • GEO AFFAIR

  • Using recycled Texas oil pipe, DBA made a series of tetrahedron bases to hold up O2 Treehouses’ sphere at the Zidell House. We also designed and built the floor, ramp and handrails.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 20th, 2014
  • FIELD SKETCH 001

  • (2005) This public art installation was created using 1,000,000 linear feet of recycled plastic tying twine. It was up for three days and visited by 50,000 people.

    Collaborative team:
    Alaina Chambers
    Beatrice Thomas
    Leah Davis
    Robert Gay
    Jack Sanders… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 20th, 2014
  • DOONANNY

  • For more than 10 years, this rural art and music festival took over Butch Anthony’s family farm for one weekend every year. It was a time for getting together, getting down, and getting creative. The folks at Doonanny were a collaborative community that, more and more, left its mark on the farm: A communal outdoor kitchen, hand-pumped hot-water showers, and a series of art shacks. DBA helped create the stages and several festival buildings, including a bicycle dome and the annual Doonanny Burn structure. It got too big, and too … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 20th, 2014
  • CO2 LED

  • This public art installation, completed in 2007, used 700 recycled plastic bottles illuminated with solar-powered LEDs to create a wave of illumination on an urban traffic island.

    Collaborators included:
    Robert Gay + Lucy Begg of Thoughtbarn
    Butch Anthony of Museum of Wonder… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 20th, 2014


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