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Blackbird is a beautiful contemporary blend of pop and traditional art. It is a 35,000 lb hand-carved Texas limestone sculpture placed in the historic Republic Square park in downtown Austin. It is a nod to Austin’s mystique as non-conformists,our beloved grackle population, Mexican folk pottery, and in the spirt of the “please touch the art” movement.
The history of Republic Square Park and its surrounding area has a very old and venerable Mexican-Americans tradition. The inspiration for the sculpture intends to pay homage to the Mexican-American Community. The Blackbird with her dark color and brilliant detail, her round form and weighty presence, are intended to add a distinct Oaxacan-inspired imagery. In its totality, Blackbird is a collage of artistic influences.
The principal designer Holly Young-Kincannon as well as the master carver Joseph Drummond Kincannon have been in Austin since the early 90's and a deep appreciation for the artistic history of the city. Holly Young-Kincannon described Blackbird by saying, "“This piece stands as a reminder to the unrepresented, the broken-winged, or the darkened spirit, to take heart and fly without fear.”
Cover Photo courtesy of Austintexas.gov