Have you seen this beautiful work of art downtown on the corner of Brazos and Second streets? In November, International artist Josef Kristofoletti completed this commissioned mural entitled “Tau Ceti”, inspired from a star in the constellation¬†Cetus — which is now Austin’s tallest public artwork. The project began when the Capital Improvement Project sought to upgrade this parking structure that serves the Austin Convention Center. This rainbow stunner stretches 103 feet up (10 floors), and is such a vibrant addition to Austin’s downtown city scene.

Photo credit: Renee Dominguez

While it’s gorgeous in photos (and is certainly popular on Instagram these days), it’s really something you should go see in person!

We asked Josef about his vision for this project, and he pointed out something extra cool that we can look forward to this spring…

I love watching the sunlight as it’s reflected off of windows onto other buildings, I wondered how it would look if that moving light was refracted into a spectrum. When I came up with the idea for this piece I noticed that in the summer afternoon the reflected light covers this inverted corner of the building at 2nd and Brazos, so as the sun appears higher in the sky over the spring, it will become an experience to see it during the right time of the day. I can’t wait to see how it will look. There is a glimpse of this effect you can see in the morning but it lasts just a few minutes. ” – Josef Kristofoletti

Here’s a picture he took at just such a moment…

Photo by Josef Kristofoletti

It’s really beautiful by day or night:

Photo credit: Renee Dominguez

Photo credit: Renee Dominguez

Learn more about the artist and his other works by visiting www.kristofoletti.com. You can also visit Austin’s Art In Public Places website for plenty of info about other amazing art that adorns our lovely home town.