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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1. The versatile event center features five world-class facilities on 221 acres. Ford Park Entertainment Complex is comprised of Ford Fields, Ford Pavilion, Ford Arena, Ford Exhibit Hall and Ford Midway. It is also home to eight meeting rooms ranging in size from 525 square feet to 1,680 square feet, 2 open air barns, and 5,000 well-lit parking spaces onsite.

 

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