'Fortlandia' art installation coming to Butler Hike and Bike Trail

Photo of an outdoor fort art exhibit
"Terratories.," an exhibit from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's "Fortlandia" installation, is moving to a new home on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. (Courtesy Austin Parks and Recreation Department)

"Terratories.," an exhibit from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's "Fortlandia" installation, is moving to a new home on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. (Courtesy Austin Parks and Recreation Department)

The creators of "Fortlandia," an art installation located at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center, are preparing to launch an interactive art experience on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

An unveiling event for "Terratories.," designed by the Mark Odom Studio, will be held June 25 from 9-11 a.m. The interactive exhibit was part of the last year's "Fortlandia" installation at the Wildflower Center, featuring a series of imaginative forts made by local artists and architects, and is now located on the east side of the trail at Lakeshore Park. “Terratories.” includes a series of fort-like shelters that encourage visitors "to expose infinite ways to tunnel, crawl, claim and discover space," according to Odom, and is inspired by the game "pickup sticks."

Odom worked with Citadel Development Services, Makehaus Design & Fabrication Studio and Sloke One on this new "Fortlandia" outpost.

"The second life of 'terratories.' allows even more people the chance to engage and perhaps stay a little longer out in nature. Wayfinding and sight lines from different access points were addressed in this new iteration," Odom said.

By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.


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