Umbrella sky at Aldrich Street in Austin

It looks like a convention of Mary Poppinses passed through a rainbow over on Mueller neighborhood’s newly opened Aldrich Street. Presumably inspired by the Umbrella Sky Project in Águeda, Portugal, this public art display of colorful umbrellas suspended over a wide sidewalk makes a festive paseo for passersby.

Isn’t it fun?

On a sunny day it offers a little shade.

I’d like to see it on a rainy day too.

At nearby Lake Park, Lake Nessy, a glass-tile sculpture by Houston artist Dixie Friend Gay, continues the colorful theme.

I love that glowing blue eye.

Public art makes the world more beautiful and magical, don’t you think?

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10 Responses

  1. Rebecca R. says:

    I love mosaic artwork a lot and “Lake Nessy” is definitely a wonderful addition to any park space. the umbrellas are really fun too. It looks like that street is ready for a party of some sort.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Mueller is calling it their entertainment district, so I think a party look is exactly what they’re going for. It’s probably fun at night with all those string lights. —Pam

  2. I was just thinking it would be a blast to hang a bunch of umbrellas from our trees the next time we have a garden party. It looks so cheerful. I love the colorful Nessy too.

  3. Kris P says:

    Love it! Now you’ve got me wondering if I could rig an umbrella net like that to provide my garden with relief during heatwaves…

  4. Heather says:

    That looks so fun, Pam! You are so good at keeping us all up to date on the fun stuff!

  5. hb says:

    The umbrellas are fun, so cheerful, and a little bit more shade can only be a bonus. Nessie is fun, too. Both a nice reflection of Austin creativity.

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