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“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

Big Orange Construction Spool That Mirrors Art—Objects Have Many Functions And Purposes At The Same Time

One of these orange things I took a picture of in Houston’s Memorial Park a few days ago is public art.

The other orange thing is part of a construction project.

Though the giant orange spool does not seem far away from also being art of a kind.

Below is a picture of a marine propeller that I took in Galveston back in March.

This propeller is now as fully functional for its revised purpose as it was when it was on a ship.

Objects can have more than one purpose at once. A legitimate purpose of a thing can be a quality or a function for it that we imagine.

Things have both a “solid” and a metaphorical value. Shadow and substance are in the end the same.

Look around at stuff you see each day and think about it in new ways.

At the least, thinking about old things in new ways might make the routine more interesting and enjoyable.

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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