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Houston Republican Councilmember Costello Hosting Screening Of Film About Street Artists At Taxpayer-Subsidized Downtown Movie House—Eric Dick Is Vindicated

Republican Houston City Councilmember is hosting a movie screening of a documentary called Stick Em’ Up.

This movie about so-called street artists here in Houston. The event is to be held at the taxpayer-subsidized Sundance Cinema in Downtown Houston on Tuesday, September 18. Here are details if you like to attend.

Here is a description of the movie from the Stick Em’ Up Facebook page—-

“Stick ‘Em Up! is a captivating film that explores the little-known world of wheat pasting, an inner-city art form that’s as provocative as it is misunderstood. Documentary filmmaker Alex Luster delves into the minds and motivations behind some of Houston’s most notorious guerilla street artists, capturing the lifespan of their art… conception, creation, placement and – ultimately – removal by the city’s abatement enforcement….”

It sure is something that “notorious guerilla street artists” can find a platform at a taxpayer-subsidized movie house and with the help of a Republican City Councilmember.

The revolution must be much closer than I had dared hope.

With one exception that I’ll discuss in a later post, I really don’t care that persons are engaged in street art or graffiti or whatever you wish to call it.

Everyday people are all out and about littering and polluting the air and befouling the world in so many ways. Graffiti is in many ways just what we merit for how we so often treat our surroundings.

But I also recall the criticism and scorn that my friend Eric Dick received for his quite comprehensive sign campaign in his unsuccessful 2011 Houston City Council bid.

I felt last year that the Republican Dick had run an honest effort in many ways even if I was not inclined to vote for him.

I’ll bet a dollar that many of the folks who did not like Eric’s signs are quite at home at the Downtown artsy movie house watching a movie about street artists.

I’m not going to go on with some rant that people should stop painting and plastering stuff on city streets. Nobody would listen to me if I did.

I’ll just say that the best and most well-known street artist in Houston is none other than Eric Dick. Below you see a picture I took of one his top 2011 efforts.

August 22, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

“Houston” Sculpture In Houston City Park Still Covered With Graffiti

Above is a picture I took six weeks ago of the sculpture called “Houston” that is located in Stude Park in Houston along the new White Oak Bayou trail.

I visited this site again a few hours ago.

Below is a new picture—

The old graffiti is still there and there also seems to be some new graffiti.

So I guess we’ll just let that thing sit there and have people come and spray paint it.

Here are facts about this work from the City of Houston-

Houston is a massive ¾ inch thick, smooth surfaced, steel sculpture painted red and weighs approximately 50,000 pounds…Houston was ultimately installed at Stude Park in 1982…The abstract sculpture rests on four “feet”. Two elongated steel arcs connect the base and the upper portion of the main body of the sculpture (along the diagonal) on both sides. A thin diagonal beam is welded to the upper point of the ½ arrow, resulting in a longer top diagonal line of the main body, creating a sculpture that is an impressive 50 feet tall. The largest leg is inscribed with the artist’s signature (WHITNEY) and date (1981).

Here is a link to learn about public art in Houston.

The city can put up a link and tell of how valuable and meaningful our public art is, but it seems that the city is unable to maintain this art in a proper way.

June 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Vandalized Houston Sculpture Called “Houston”

Above you see a piece of public art here in Houston.

You see that some people have not treated this sculpture very well.

I don’t know why people conduct themselves in such a manner.

The name of this sculpture is “Houston.” It was created by Mac Whitney.

I don’t know why it is called Houston. Though nor do I know a reason that it should not be called Houston.

Maybe it is called Houston because it is located in Houston.

I don’t suppose that is a very creative explanation.

Here are facts about this work from the City of Houston-

Houston is a massive ¾ inch thick, smooth surfaced, steel sculpture painted red and weighs approximately 50,000 pounds.

Houston was ultimately installed at Stude Park in 1982.

The abstract sculpture rests on four “feet”. Two elongated steel arcs connect the base and the upper portion of the main body of the sculpture (along the diagonal) on both sides. A thin diagonal beam is welded to the upper point of the ½ arrow, resulting in a longer top diagonal line of the main body, creating a sculpture that is an impressive 50 feet tall. The largest leg is inscribed with the artist’s signature (WHITNEY) and date (1981).

A number of people other than the artist have now also inscribed something on the work.

Here is a link to learn about public art in Houston. 

This vandalized Houston sculpture is part of the new extended hike and bike trial along White Oak Bayou.

May 5, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Phineas & Ferb Is My Favorite TV Show—Perry The Platypus Graffiti

My favorite television show is the Disney Channel cartoon Phineas & Ferb.

The show is intelligently written, the characters are kind, and a big theme of the show is that we are each responsible to get out and do something each day.

Yet this message of sieze the day is conveyed in a humane way and not with Ron Paul meanness and vindictiveness.

One of the main chacters in this show is Perry the Platypus. Perry is a family pet and also a secret agent.

Here are facts about the platypus.

I was out and about in Houston a few weeks ago and saw the Perry the Platypus graffiti that you see above. The water below the picture is Buffalo Bayou.

Here is some history of American graffiti. 

You see that Perry is holding a sign encouraging people to recycle. Here is a history of the recycling symbol. 

One of the best things you can do when you seize the day is to be of benefit to others.

Checking out the Occupy Wall Street website would be a good start to taking action on your own and being of service to others.

January 22, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Amsterdam Graffiti

Above is a picture of some graffiti in Amsterdam that was taken by my friend Lisa Marangi.  She lives in Amsterdam.

My on-the-record view of graffiti is that I am opposed to it. My off-the-record view is that I like it if it has some creativity. 

If anyone has any good shots of graffiti in Houston, please e-mail me the picture. I’d be happy to run it. Or, if  you do you own and think it has merit, pass that on as well.

February 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment