Like so many of the iconic businesses in the Austin we cherish, the Vanishing Austin blog is not vanishing. It’s just moving on . . . to Pairings :: Art + What Goes With It, my blog about art, photography, creativity and the many pairings that can occur. Follow along for the ride.
Since What’s Vanishing Next? launched six years ago today, with the story you see below, much more than mere Austin landmarks has become endangered. Our attitudes towards the city so many of us wistfully recall have changed, moved along by the startling growth curve we’re on. Change is inevitable, and often it’s really terrific. It’s just tough to digest so much change, so suddenly, when our treasures and our way of life are at stake. And our city’s personality seems to be undergoing the most radical transformation of all.
Is Your Austin Vanishing?
Published here on April 30, 2008
Soon a bland corporate hotel chain revered the world over for its predictability will stand in place of this textural, colorfully cheeky block of individuality, replacing the contrasts of angles and styles and skies that exist now along Congress and 2nd. A corporate logo stamped on countless buildings will take the place of the gaudy vibrancy of Tesoros and the Joseph’s mural and will cast its own lengthy shadows on the sparkling Frost Tower.
That’s Austin, Vanishing.
What’s next? Post your concerns for what’s uniquely-Austin, yet poised for visual mediocrity–when you fear your favorite bit of Austin eye-candy is about to be overtaken by bland new development, comment here.
I’ve been photographing the visual derring-do that is Austin’s homegrown architectural charm in my Vanishing Austin series since 2004. I’ve got 40 images to date, many juxtaposing the old against the new; and sadly, many more in the photography pipeline to go. Your thoughts about this series, and your suggestions for places you’d like to see honored in the series, are welcomed here.
In six years, the Vanishing Austin collection of images has grown from 40 to 95, and apathy about what’s vanishing has grown . . . exponentially. But our delight in our city’s delights has not faltered one iota. Today I think more of my photographs as Austin Landmarks, and they are just as beloved whether thriving, endangered or completely vanished.
This isn’t to say we should lament the Austin of old, and bemoan our losses. After all, that’s a fool’s game. Not much to be done about what’s already done.
But we can plan well and wisely for our future, by reflecting upon what has been, and remains, the very best of Austin. That is my wish for all of us who live in and love Austin, whether we’re old-timers or the latest arrivals. We all love what we’ve got here, losses and changes and warts and all. May we be good stewards going forward. ♦
Please follow the Vanishing Austin series as it continues here:
You can find all articles that originally appeared here in the Vanishing Austin section, with new stories, too.
You’ll find new stories about pairing art with its natural complements in the Art + Austin section.
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