What Brings Austin Joy? I was curious so I created an interactive art experiment designed to answer that question. Throughout the month of March I left leaving 100 Joy Bots in random locations throughout the city of Austin, click here to see where they are being left each with a set of simple instructions attached.
The goal is to document what brings Austin Joy (I did a similar project called “What Brings Portland Joy”, last year), and to give a little joy back to the city that brings so much joy to everyone! People that find a Bot are invited to photograph their Joy Bot with something that brings them Joy (object, animal, person, idea, anything), and to send in their photograph and story to help me create an on-line “What Brings Austin Joy” exhibition right here on this web page . Finally participants are invited to leave their Bot in another random location in Austin to continue the experiment. Check back here often. We’ll be updating the gallery every time someone sends in their Joy photo!
Bot #17,418 Found at Austin Java on Lamar during a working dinner by Martha C.
“What gives my family joy is hanging out in our backyard on a beautiful Sunday, listening to Dale Watson wafting over from Ginny’s Little Longhorn…eating good food on the screen porch and being together.” — at Austin Java (downtown Austin).
What Brings Curtis M. Joy? Traveling to SXSW!
Bot #17,421 Left at Hopdoddy Burgers on South Congress & Elizabeth. Found by Curtis M. “My buddy found your Bot on SoCo right before we left to fly home to California. we were here for sxsw. Travel brings me joy! — at Hopdoddy Burger Bar.
Bot # 17,494 Left Austin Java 12th Street & Lamar. Found by Emily C. What brings Emily Joy? PRISMACOLORS! Emily writes “Gary! I love this project! It and the bots make me so happy! While sipping on a raspberry Italian soda, I found this happy little guy sitting on the ledge above my seat at Austin Java. I’ve snapped a pic of him hanging out in my big box of markers (mostly Prismacolors) because they are my absolute favorite. They are my personal form of therapy when I can’t find the appropriate words to express my feelings. They help me create wonderful pieces of art that bring others joy. There are typically a few stashed away in my purse at all times for ‘just in case’ or art ‘emergencies.’”
Bot #17415 Left at Gordough’s Food Trailer, South 1st Street & Monroe. Found by Misty M. What Brings Misty Joy? PUMPKIN! “I found my bot at a picnic table by Gordoughs food trailer off s. 1st st. Here is a picture of the love of my life Pumpkin with my bot!” Love those nails as well Misty!
Bot #17,421 Left at Hopdoddy Burgers on South Congress & Elizabeth. Found by Curtis M.What Brings Curtis M. Joy? Traveling to SXSW! “My buddy found your Bot on SoCo right before we left to fly home to California. we were here for sxsw. Travel brings me joy!” — at Hopdoddy Burger Bar.
Bot 17,447 was left at Austin Java, found by Michelle S. For Michelle S. Joy =Camping who immediately took her Bot camping for Spring Break!
Bot #17,420 left at South Congress Cafe, found by Meghan S. What brings Meghan joy? Her entire 2nd grade class at Girl’s School of Austin!