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Austin Central Library to receive new 15-ft public art piece

“The Truth Is I Love You,” a 15-ft sculpture by Hank Willis Thomas, will be unveiled on the library’s east side in November.

A large sculpture with speech bubbles popping off of it reading things like "The" "love" and "truth".

Hank Willis Thomas’ 15-ft sculpture titled “The Truth Is I Love You” will be unveiled at the Austin Central Library this November.

Photo by James Ewing, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

The truth is…. Austin will be getting a new piece of public artwork.

A 15-ft sculpture by Brooklyn-based artist Hank Willis Thomas will be unveiled near the east entrance of the Austin Central Library in November.

The piece, titled “The Truth Is I Love You,” fills a space overlooking Shoal Creek that was designed for large-scale art, but has been empty since the library opened six years ago.

This piece is meant to symbolize how others’ truths can vary from our own, and is structured to create a variety of phrases and questions, depending on the viewpoint.

Attend the public unveiling — and a talk from art historian Cherise Smith — on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

In other public art news, Pease Park may be getting a giant Danish troll, and South Congress utility boxes have been transformed into murals.

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