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"Wander perfectly exemplifies the unique and ongoing collaboration between Austin’s art and technology communities,” remarked Meghan Wells, Manager of the Cultural Arts Division. “Through this innovative installation, locals and tourists alike will be transported on literary adventures across downtown and will engage with the City in exciting and unexpected new ways.”
Wander is a playful interactive piece that begins at a sculpture called the “Beacon.” It invites participants on a creative choose your own adventure game that leads visitors to public art, historic sites, and the diverse nooks and crannies of Austin’s downtown.
Local authors Lucas Schaefer, Jessica Topacio Long, Janalyn Guo, and Fernando Flores were selected to write the stories for Wander through a city-wide competition held by the artists in 2015. Each narrative was then illustrated by artists Brockett Davidson, Matt Rebholz, Hallie Rose Taylor, and Brian Maclaskey. The artist team worked to develop separate adventures that an explorer can engage with multiple times. The goal was to lead players to different points of interest and create a unique experience each time.
Cover photo courtesy of Austintexas.gov