An installation of repurposed record birds in the Hotel Van Zandt lobby was created by artist Paul Villinski. A pilot of paragliders and single-engine airplanes, Villinski often uses metaphors of flight in his work, including this installation in Austin’s Hotel Van Zandt, which is arguably the Lone Star State’s coolest hotel. It offers 12,000 square feet of posh meeting space across 11 dedicated meeting rooms, as well as 319 rooms and suites in chic palettes of blue. And there’s plenty of family history thrown in, too, including an artistic tribute to Texas diplomat Isaac Van Zandt and his greatgrandson Townes Van Zandt, a singersongwriter who rose to popularity in the 1970s. In fact, the first vinyl bird rising from the phonograph is crafted from a TVZ record.
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