What to see at EAST: “Las Piñatas” & the Piñata Picnic

Perhaps no other recent news story represents the complex situations of the rapid gentrification of East Austin as the controversial demolition of an East Austin piñata store by developers.

Photo by Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.
Photo by Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

Visit our most recent coverage here at statesman.com/piñata (Contains links to previous piñata store stories.)

David A. Goujon’s “Las Piñatas” public art project pays homage to the East Austin piñata shop.

Part of the city’s TEMPO initiative of temporary public art projects, Goujon’s three big piñatas are now installed at Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach on north shore of Lady Bird Lake.

After they were installed in October, they stood a bit east of where they are now. But when vandals knocked them off their cement posts a couple of weeks ago, the colorful trio was relocated.

Photo by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Photo by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

In tandem with the East Austin Studio Tour, Goujon will stage a community event this Saturday. The public is invited to bring a picnic — and break small piñatas.

The Piñata Picnic is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Visit Goujon’s web site for more information: laspinatasatx.com

“Las Piñatas” will be on view through Nov. 22.

And for more coverage of and recommendations for EAST, visit our the austin360 arts blog.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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