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A new landmark will greet Austins famous colony of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) upon the bats return to their urban home this spring. Dedicated last summer, this rotating bat sculpture by local artist Dale Whistler is a fitting honor to the nightly bat emergence that has become one of the top five tourist attractions in Texas capital city.
The sculpture stands 18 feet tall by 20 feet wide at one end of the Congress Avenue bridge, under which the bats make their home.
Shown here at the dedication ceremony, left to right, are Bobbie Barker, chair of the Downtown Austin Alliance; Lisa Nungesser of Parsons Brinckerhoff*; Austin mayor Kirk Watson; BCI executive director Merlin Tuttle; and Dale Whistler, the artist.