With a vibrant, diverse community, the City of Houston has a goal to “expand the opportunities for citizens to enjoy art in public spaces,” according to the City of Houston’s website. Doing just that, Houstonians and visitors alike can enjoy artwork without having to even enter a museum. Just take a walk around some of the parks and trails that crisscross the city and you’ll notice many different pieces — most made from steel and metal.
Cullen Sculpture Garden, featuring 20th- and 21st-Century Artists
Located at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)
Artists including Louise Bourgeois, Dan Graham, Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin, and David Smith are featured in the garden. The art is made of different mediums, including steel. Recently, a new sculpture called “Cloud Column” by Anish Kapoor was added. Rising 32 feet tall and weighting 21,000 pounds, the art is made of stainless steel — its reflective surface ideal for selfies.
“Tolerance,” by Jaume Plensa
Located at Buffalo Bayou (Allen Parkway & Montrose)
Seven aluminum-framed human figures represent the seven continents. Each figure is made from Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa’s signature alphabet pattern, each representing a mix of languages including Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Greek, Hindi and Cyrillic. Installed in 2011 along with the Rosemont Bridge, pedestrians and cyclists enjoy the sculptures that even light from within at night.
“Houston,” by Mac Whitney
Located at Stude Park (Studemont & White Oak Bayou)
The massive, 3/4-inch thick, smooth-surfaced, steel sculpture is painted red, weighs about 50,000 pounds and stands 50 feet tall. Its impressive angles are striking and draw much attention from those on the trail.
“Seven Wonders,” by Mel Chin
Located at Sesquicentennial Park (Buffalo Bayou)
Seven pillars standing 70 feet tall showcase Houston’s history through the themes of agriculture, energy, manufacturing, medicine, philanthropy, technology and transportation. Each column is constructed of 150 individual children’s drawings, etched in stainless steel plate.
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