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ART + FOOTBALL: EXPLORING HOUSTON DURING SUPERBOWL LI

ART + FOOTBALL: EXPLORING HOUSTON DURING SUPERBOWL LI

CONTRIBUTOR: 
Nimra Haroon, Communications Intern


… And HUT! Super Bowl LI is this weekend but Houston has already made its touchdown.

Super Bowl festivities have engulfed the city thoroughly and Super Bowl LIVE, a free nine-day fan festival, is in full action at Discovery Green. Encompassing more than 250,000 square feet, Super Bowl LIVE features live music and performances; interactive exhibits; food; a 90-foot tall virtual reality trip to Mars; and fun for the whole family. Make plans to stop by!

Multiple City of Houston Art Collection artworks—as well as others outside the collection—are publicly displayed at Discovery Green, Avenida Houston, Downtown Houston, and the surrounding areas as well. Below are a few of our favorites (which we HIGHLY recommend you visit over the weekend!)


DOWNTOWN HOUSTON

Personage and Birds
600 Travis St.

Head east down Texas Avenue and check out Personage and Birds, a colorful and whimsical sculpture set in front of the JP Morgan Chase Tower, the tallest building in Houston. While the 60th floor Sky Lobby at the Chase Tower is closed, Personage is worth the walk. The 5-story, toy-like sculpture was created by Joan Miró, a Spanish surrealist painter, sculptor, and ceramicist.

Houston is Inspired
313 Travis St.

While exploring the area, head towards Market Square Park for a glimpse of GONZO247's Houston Is Inspired mural. GONZO247 founded The Graffiti & Street Art Museum of Texas and Aerosol Warfare, an arts organization that creates urban art, street art, and graffiti around the world. You can find other murals by the artist around town (including GreenStreet and in Houston's East End).


DISCOVERY GREEN

Enchanted Promenade
1500 McKinney St.

At the hub of football frenzy, stroll down Discovery Green's Brown Promenade and experience Enchanted Promenade, ten massive color-changing peony bouquets. The installation was created by TILT, a French art and light design studio and is on display through February 19. Enchanted Promenade marks TILT’s first presentation in the United States.

Monument Au Fantome
1500 McKinney St.

While enjoying Super Bowl LIVE and the chaotic bliss, find this large free-form red, white, and blue sculpture—arguably Discovery Green's most well-known piece—on Avenida Houston. Jean Dubuffet's Monument Au Fantome, or "Monument to the Phantom," includes seven forms representing different aspects of Houston. The sculpture is part of his Hourloupe series (which has accompanying sculptures in Chicago, New York and Europe).

Houston Is Inspired Mural, GONZO247, 2013. Market Square Park. Photo: GONZO247

Houston Is Inspired Mural, GONZO247, 2013. Market Square Park. Photo: GONZO247

Synchronicity of Color Red and Blue
1500 McKinney St.

Synchronicity of Color Red and Blue (commonly referred to as the "art boxes") are an iconic sight at Discovery Green. These two metal installations are by artist Margo Sawyer, a professor of art at the University of Texas at Austin, who conceived and fabricated the boxes while participating in the park's master planning. The art boxes make for the PERFECT backdrop in photoshoots!


GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER

Wings Over Water
1001 Avenida De Las Americas

This new addition to the George R. Brown Convention Center is turning lots of heads! Wings Over Water, a massive kinetic sculpture by Joe O’Connell + Creative Machines, rests within the Fountain of the Americas at Avenida Houston. The blades are made from stainless steel and kinetic, polycarbonate “feathers” and resemble a bird in flight. Pro tip: See it at night!

Soaring in the Clouds
1001 Avenida De Las Americas

Inside the George R. Brown Convention Center is a new, massive addition to the city's collection: Ed Wilson's Soaring in the Clouds. This new artwork, funded by the City of Houston, is made of perforated stainless steel and is one of Houston's largest and most expensive works of public art to date. (Soaring has a total of 300 elements dangling 67 feet in the air.) Did we mention it has its own light show?

WINGS OVER HOUSTON

WINGS OVER HOUSTON

CELEBRATING LUNAR NEW YEAR IN HOUSTON'S CHINATOWN

CELEBRATING LUNAR NEW YEAR IN HOUSTON'S CHINATOWN