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Please Don’t Climb The Art—If We Don’t Respect Ourselves, Our Political & Corporate Leaders Will Just Go On Abusing Us

Above is a picture I took a few days ago of a piece of public art at Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston.

You see in front of the sculpture a sign telling people not to climb the art.

I’m not sure why I was a little bit surprised. People are always doing dumb things they should not be doing.

The problem of people climbing the art in Discovery Green is such that the park website also asks people not to climb the art.

The  sculpture above is called Monument Au Fantome.

Here is some of what the Discovery Green website says about this work

“The large free-form red-white-blue sculpture on Avenida de las Americas is the park’s most well-known artwork and one of Houston’s great treasures.  Its title means “Monument to the Phantom” or imaginary city in French.  There are seven individual forms that represent different features of this city, including a church, hedge, chimney, dog, phantom, tree and mast.  The sculpture is by Jean Dubuffet, an internationally-known 20th century French sculptor who passed away in 1985 (two years after the sculpture was completed).”

Here is a post I made last month about a vandalized piece of public art in another Houston park.

Here is a post I made last year about litter in the otherwise very nice Tony Marron Park in Houston.

When we don’t treat our shared public assets with respect and when we don’t treat each other with respect, why are we surprised when we are routinely abused by our political and corporate leaders?

June 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

It Is Hot And Dry Every Day In Houston, Texas

Two pictures of the record breaking Houston drought as seen in Houston city parks this past Sunday—

Above you see trees losing leaves and dying from a lack of rain in Memorial Park.

And here you see parched grass and an empty park even on a weekend at Discovery Green Park in Houston.

It is hot and dry every day in Houston, Texas. It has reached at least 100 each day in August so far.

(Both photos copyright 2011 Neil Aquino.)

August 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Three Visits To New Houston Park—Once With Wife & Twice By Myself

(Welcome Lone Star Times readers. Anybody who spells your name right and gives you a link has done you a favor.)

This morning I made my third trip to Downtown Houston’s new Discovery Green park.

The park had its grand opening last Sunday. Above is a picture I took of the park.

Once I went with my wife and twice I’ve gone by myself.

I’ve had errands to run Downtown each of the last two days, and I’ve used being near the park as a chance to go and look around.

With my wife the park was very crowded. The two times I’ve gone by myself, at around 11:30 AM on  weekdays, it’s been less crowded.

The day all the people were around the park was noisy from the crowd.

The last two days it has been noisy from construction across the street.

That’s okay. The construction noise fits in with the idea of an urban park. Soon enough the construction will be finished.

The park takes on one character when it is very busy. It takes on a different feeling when relatively few are around.

In this sense the park is not unlike you and I.

I need the right mix of people and solitude in my life.

Here’s a short poem I wrote about my wish for solitude while still wishing to be part of society. The poem is called Day-To-Day

I want so much to be alone.

Can my thoughts and actions

Remain democratic?    

April 15, 2008 Posted by | Houston, Politics | , , , | 6 Comments

Pictures From Houston’s New Discovery Green Park


Today the wife and I visited the new Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston.

You can go to this park by yourself if you don’t have a significant other.

Or maybe you just like time alone.

Above you see a picture of the pond in the park.

The city plans to stock the pond with alligators.

Discovery Green is an excellent park.

At the opening day events today, there were many people of all ages and colors.

The more inclusive something is, the better it is.  

Unless it is a flu epidemic we are discussing.

Below you see a picture of gardens in the park.

It is nice to look at a pond and it is nice to walk around gardens.

The garden is in both sun and shade because of the tilt of the Earth and our orbit around the sun.

We can’t forget the big picture. 

Learn more about this park by clicking here.

Or go see for yourself if you live in Houston or near Houston or are visiting Houston.   

April 14, 2008 Posted by | Houston | , , | 2 Comments