in the Public Realm
Merlin the Magical Sage

David Kestenbaum
Austin Art in Public Places
  • Installed, 1991
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Artist David Kestenbaum transformed an existing oak tree stump into a bench in the shape of the fictional character Merlin. The intention was to beautify a well-loved neighborhood park as well as to encourage children’s reading. Kestenbaum was then a recent graduate of the art school at UT Austin; the park is adjacent to the northern edge of the UT campus. The project was funded by neighborhood resident David Brooks.
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Eastwoods Park
3001 Harris Park Ave.
Austin, TX 78705
United States

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