1. Urban Yarnage is an ad hoc group of knitters and crocheters in Houston that designs and develops fiber street art projects. Yarn bombing is now a national and international art movement that encompasses projects that range in scale from very small to extremely large. Pictured is the 2015 yarn bomb installation on Buffalo Bayou Park. Photo courtesy of Urban Yarnage. www.urbanyarnage.com 2. Inversion was a 2005 artwork by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck of Houston Alternative Art. They altered two buildings owned by the Art League of Houston on the corner of Montrose Boulevard and Willard Street. The exterior skins of the houses were peeled off and used to create a large vortex that funneled into the small central hallway connecting the two buildings. Inversion became one of Houston’s most well-known, temporary sculputres. Photo by Nick Douglas 3. From The Hood to the Heights by Patrick Medrano was part of the 2014 True North sculpture project on Heights Boulevard. Photo by Bill Shirley
Art Blocks is a new public art initiative. From lessons learned about public art’s capacity to awaken change in areas that have not yet realized their full potential, Art Blocks strives to enliven Main Street Square. This inaugural project by the Downtown District Public Art Committee, supported by the professional services of the Weingarten Art Group, includes a series of site-specific installations by internationally-lauded artists and designers. Pop up performances, interactive experiences and community festivals will add to a schedule of events. For detailed information about each installation, visit www.artblockshouston.org. 4. Color Jam Art Block, 2016, Jessica Stockholder, Main Street and McKinney Street. Photo by Morris Malikoff 5. City Bird of Houston, 2015, Armando Castelan, one of four rotating Marquees on Main Street. This particular one will be on view in the rotation from October through December 2016. Photo courtesy of the Downtown District
6. más que la cara (more than the face), 2016, YesYesNo Photo courtesy of the Downtown District 7. Trumpet Flower, 2016, Patrick Renner, produced by Flying Carpet, McKinney Street and Lamar Street. Photo courtesy of the Downtown District
MARKET SQUARE PARK The Houston Downtown Management District reopened Market Square Park to the public on August 30, 2010. The philosophy of the new Market Square Park design is built upon three pillars: interpretation of the space’s history; creation of an active, urban green space; and conservation and exhibition of artwork. Anchoring the space is a central lawn placed where the old 19th-century City Hall used to stand in order to evoke a sense of history. A small outdoor restaurant, Niko Niko’s, is beside it with outdoor seating, a trellis providing shade, and a dual plaza/performance area. 7.
Two sculptures in Market Square Park were cited by smithsonian.com as creative mainstays of Houston — Points of View by James Surls and the Ceramic Tile Benches by Malou Flato. Much of Market Square Park’s art collection was featured in the park’s previous design coordinated by DiverseWorks in 1991, with the unified message of embracing our city’s history. These works by Richard Turner, Paul Hester, James Surls and Malou Flato are preserved or reconfigured in the current design. Newly commissioned artwork includes sculptures by Ketria Bastian Scott and Sharon Connally Ammann in Lauren’s Garden and James Phillips’ carved pup near the dog run. Visit www. marketsquarepark.com. 8. Lauren’s Garden, a memorial to those killed on September 11, 2001. Ketria Scott’s cast-bronze elements are made up of two vine-like tendrils that seem to grow from the fountain. The entire piece is inlaid into the granite disk in front of the fountain. Photo courtesy of Lauren Griffith Associates Photo by M.Scott Keeling Photography