Wildflower Center Announces 2022 Fortlandia Designers

by | Aug 31, 2022 | Pressroom

A light blue banner hangs from a pergola surrounded by sunlit grasses and trees, directing visitors to Fortlandia.

PHOTO Josh Baker/AzulOx Visuals

Austin, TX– The University of Texas at Austin’s Wildflower Center announces the Austin-based designers chosen for its fifth annual Fortlandia exhibition, opening Oct. 8, 2022, in a new location — the Luci and Ian Family Garden.

The group of six design firms and designers are, Cornerstone Architects, Studio Balcones, Austin Design Lab, multi-disciplinary artist Jamie Spinello, artist Alicia Philley, and architect and visual artist Agustina Rodriguez (a.k.a. Agi Miagi), whose fort will be constructed on Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. All forts will be on display through January 2023.

Each themed and unique fort will inspire an appreciation of natural environments through its innovative and sustainable designs, materials, and construction, all while evoking childhood memories of play and wonder.

“We are delighted to welcome this new group of talented Austin designers and fort builders to the Wildflower Center, and we are excited to bring the Fortlandia spirit to the Family Garden,” said Lee Clippard, Wildflower Center executive director. “Fortlandia has become a perennial favorite for the Austin community.”

Fortlandia allows the Wildflower Center to not only enhance its connection with the Austin community but also its partnership with The Trail Foundation, which is hosting one of the forts in downtown Austin.

“TTF is thrilled to partner with the Wildflower Center for the third time to bring a Fortlandia installation to the Trail,” said Heidi Anderson, CEO of The Trail Foundation. “This partnership allows us to bring the natural wonder that is at the heart of the Fortlandia spirit to even more members of our community.”

Fortlandia debuted in 2018 with ten fantasy forts created by local artists, architects, and designers.

Guests of all ages are encouraged to explore the forts and vote for their favorite.

For more information about the 2022 forts and their themes, visit our website here. For press inquiries, contact Catenya McHenry, director of marketing and communications.

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