20ft WIDE time lapse video


20ft WIDE: activating alley #111 on 9th between Congress and Brazos


April 17th to April 21st, 2013

A case study in transforming a downtown alley into a vibrant public open space—the activation includes a mix of installations and multi-generational happenings connecting us with the dynamic past, present and future roles of Austin’s urban alley system. 20ft Wide derives its name from the 20 feet that serve as the standard width for Austin’s downtown alleys as noted on the 1839 city map by Edwin Waller.


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The project team has been absolutely critical to this project’s success.


Members include:

Creative partners Art Alliance Austin, Creative Action and TBG Installation by Dan Cheetham (Fyoogand Michelle Tarsney Project partners City of Austin Downtown Commission, Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office and Public Works Department, Downtown Austin AllianceShane Kistner of City of Austin Street & Bridge Department and UT Center for Sustainable Development Very special thanks to Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Council Member Kathie Tovo, Council Member Chris Riley, city staff and the property owners.   For all details of the 20ft WIDE project please visit the project page by clicking here.