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Artist Sculptures and Sculptural Art in Downtown Houston, Texas

Updated on September 17, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Downtown Houston, Texas Public Art

Against a dramatic backdrop of downtown Houston can be seen a portion of the metal sculptures called 7 Wonders by Mel Chin.
Against a dramatic backdrop of downtown Houston can be seen a portion of the metal sculptures called 7 Wonders by Mel Chin. | Source

Art in Houston

The City of Houston is large and spread out in all directions. As of 2013, it is the 4th largest city in the United States and its growth is only limited by the natural border of the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast. It continues to grow by leaps and bounds to the north, west and southwest and shows no immediate indications of slowing that expansion any time soon.

Art galleries abound and there is art to suit just about anyone's taste and budget.

This hub will feature some of the outdoor art that can be seen in public spaces located in the downtown regions of Houston.

These photos were taken on May 5th, the same day that my husband and I visited the George H.W. Bush Monument in Sesquicentennial Park in downtown Houston.

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7 Wonders by Mel Chin is located at the backside of the Wortham Center and along Buffalo Bayou in Sesquicentennial Park7 Wonders by Mel Chin
7 Wonders by Mel Chin is located at the backside of the Wortham Center and along Buffalo Bayou in Sesquicentennial Park
7 Wonders by Mel Chin is located at the backside of the Wortham Center and along Buffalo Bayou in Sesquicentennial Park | Source
7 Wonders by Mel Chin
7 Wonders by Mel Chin | Source

Metal Sculptures

One of the largest art installations came into being as Sesquicentennial Park celebrating the 150th birthday of Houston was being created. It is titled the 7 Wonders and it consists of 7 seventy foot tall pillars created by artist Mel Chin who was assisted by many hundreds of Houston school children.

Each of the children selected were born in 1986 (the Houston Sesquicentennial date) and each child drew art representing one of the major influences making Houston the city it has become.

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7 Wonder sculptures by Mel ChinGazing up at the different 7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin.Looking up at the towering 7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin.7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin
7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin
7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin | Source
Gazing up at the different 7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin.
Gazing up at the different 7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin. | Source
Looking up at the towering 7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin.
Looking up at the towering 7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin. | Source
7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin
7 Wonder sculptures by Mel Chin | Source

These drawings represent the following:

  • Philanthropy
  • Medicine
  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology, and
  • Transportation

150 drawings were selected for each pillar and then using computers and laser technology, the children's drawings were transferred to metal panels and assembled onto each appropriate tower mounted on 30 foot brick bases.

They glitter in the daytime catching reflective rays of sunlight and passing clouds and at night they are illuminated from within presenting a dazzling site.

Mel Chin explaining why he uses children's art in another one of his projects.

The location is on the backside of the Wortham Center which houses the famous Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. Down below, Buffalo Bayou waters ripple past these abstract sculptures and city buildings.

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Virtuoso Sculpture by David Adickes, 1983.  Sits in front of the Lyric Center in downtown Houston, TexasVirtuoso Sculpture by David Adickes,View from the back of Virtuoso  Sculpture by David AdickesCloseup view of the base of the back of Virtuoso  Sculpture by David Adickes
Virtuoso Sculpture by David Adickes, 1983.  Sits in front of the Lyric Center in downtown Houston, Texas
Virtuoso Sculpture by David Adickes, 1983. Sits in front of the Lyric Center in downtown Houston, Texas | Source
Virtuoso Sculpture by David Adickes,
Virtuoso Sculpture by David Adickes, | Source
View from the back of Virtuoso  Sculpture by David Adickes
View from the back of Virtuoso Sculpture by David Adickes | Source
Closeup view of the base of the back of Virtuoso  Sculpture by David Adickes
Closeup view of the base of the back of Virtuoso Sculpture by David Adickes | Source

Artist Sculpture

David Adickes is a well known artist in Texas. He grew up in the small town of Huntsville just north of Houston and has emerged as an artist recognized nation wide for his larger than life sculptures of President's heads and more.

Anyone driving by Interstate 45 and passing by Huntsville is sure to see the imposing white 67 foot tall Sam Houston statue towering alongside the highway.

It is a sight that is sure to impress not only because of its impressive height, but also because of the likeness to that statesman who had so much importance in history.

David Adickes has created other large and interesting figures which dot the landscape here in Houston and elsewhere across the nation.

The Virtuoso sculpture is a signature piece in the theater district of downtown Houston in front of the Lyric Center.

This 36 foot tall imposing figure of a cellist making music is distinctive. At the lower back of the sculpture are accompanying musicians.

If one gets close enough to the sculpture one can hear appropriate music being piped out into the open air and played for the enjoyment of people passing by.

Inside the David Adickes museum in Huntsville, Texas...a chat with the artist.

Abstract Artwork

High Plains Drifter is the title of the winner of the Allen Center national sculpture competition and it was installed in February of 1974.

The artist who created it is Peter Reginato. He is a successful artist known for his abstract steel sculptures.

It is located at 333 Clay Street in downtown Houston, Texas.

Sculpture titled High Plains Drifter by Peter Reginato

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Winner of the Allen Center National Sculpture competition, this was installed on Feb, 12, 1974.High Plains Drifter sculpture seen from different angles.High Plains Drifter sculpture seen from different angles.High Plains Drifter sculpture seen from different angles.
Winner of the Allen Center National Sculpture competition, this was installed on Feb, 12, 1974.
Winner of the Allen Center National Sculpture competition, this was installed on Feb, 12, 1974. | Source
High Plains Drifter sculpture seen from different angles.
High Plains Drifter sculpture seen from different angles. | Source
High Plains Drifter sculpture seen from different angles.
High Plains Drifter sculpture seen from different angles. | Source
High Plains Drifter sculpture seen from different angles.
High Plains Drifter sculpture seen from different angles. | Source

Famous Artist Sculptures

Certainly many people have heard of the artist Joan Miró.

His artwork graces many of the art museums around the world and are also in numerous private collections of people who can afford his prices.

He has created not only unique and eye catching colorful sculptures but also paints and creates works of art on paper.

My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to visit the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, Spain during the summer Olympics back in the year 1992 where we saw a great collection of his works.

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Personage and Birds by Joan Miro created in 1970 and installed here in 1982.Personage and Birds by Joan Miro (other side of sculpture)
Personage and Birds by Joan Miro created in 1970 and installed here in 1982.
Personage and Birds by Joan Miro created in 1970 and installed here in 1982. | Source
Personage and Birds by Joan Miro (other side of sculpture)
Personage and Birds by Joan Miro (other side of sculpture) | Source

The sculpture pictured above is titled Personage and Birds and was created in 1970 by Joan Miró. It is an abstract sculpture consisting of painted bronze and stainless steel and it was installed near the JP Morgan Chase Tower in downtown Houston in 1982.

Wish to see more of Joan Miro's artwork?

Balls in front of the Wortham Center

There are many of these decorating the space in front of the Wortham Theater where the ballet and opera perform.
There are many of these decorating the space in front of the Wortham Theater where the ballet and opera perform. | Source

The Dancer

This is a bronze statue which is situated in front of Jones Hall in downtown Houston.

She has out flung arms as if she is twirling around with the folds of her dress characterizing movement.

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The Dancer sculpture by Marcello Mascherini in front of Jones HallThe Dancer sculpture by Marcello Mascherini in front of Jones Hall
The Dancer sculpture by Marcello Mascherini in front of Jones Hall
The Dancer sculpture by Marcello Mascherini in front of Jones Hall | Source
The Dancer sculpture by Marcello Mascherini in front of Jones Hall
The Dancer sculpture by Marcello Mascherini in front of Jones Hall | Source

She stands at seven and a half feet tall but because she is mounted on a riser with plants below her feet, she towers over the crowds of people who gather in front of Jones Hall prior to performances of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Pops Orchestra, The Society for the Performing Arts and a myriad of other shows.

The Houston Ballet used to also perform in Jones Hall but has since moved across the street to the Wortham Center where Opera performances are held.

This sculpture was created by Italian artist Marcello Mascherini in the early 1950s and was donated to the City of Houston in 1955 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Straus.

Her lively presence graces our downtown theater area.

This "In Minds" sculpture by Tony Cragg is pictured with Tranquility Park seen as a backdrop in downtown Houston, Texas
This "In Minds" sculpture by Tony Cragg is pictured with Tranquility Park seen as a backdrop in downtown Houston, Texas | Source

Sculpture Titled In Minds

This interesting duo of sculptures is situated in front of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts where Broadway shows and others are regularly performed. It is situated at the corner of Bagby and Walker streets in downtown Houston, Texas.

The artist that created these sculptures is Tony Cragg who was born in England and currently lives in Germany. He created these large cast bronze pieces of art over a skeleton comprised of stainless steel. It must have been quite an undertaking and it took 2 years to complete. It is dated 2001 to 2002.

The taller skinnier sculpture weighs 1800 pounds and the shorter stockier one comes in at a whopping weight of 3800 pounds.

Do you see images of faces in these sculptures?

I see protruding chins, noses, foreheads and even lips as I walked around and photographed these sculptures from various sides.

Sculpture Titled In Minds by Tony Cragg in Houston, Texas

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Height of sculptures shown with reference to people.Photo of the sculptures with Tranquility Park as a backdrop.Standing in front of the Hobby Center for the performing arts, these sculptures are most interesting.Closeup photo of the skinnier sculpture.  See the faces?Closeup photo of the more massive sculptureSculptures with background of the Hobby CenterA car parked in back of this sculpture helps to fill in some of it towards the bottom left.This shows the sculptures with more of the Hobby Center as a backdrop.
Height of sculptures shown with reference to people.
Height of sculptures shown with reference to people. | Source
Photo of the sculptures with Tranquility Park as a backdrop.
Photo of the sculptures with Tranquility Park as a backdrop. | Source
Standing in front of the Hobby Center for the performing arts, these sculptures are most interesting.
Standing in front of the Hobby Center for the performing arts, these sculptures are most interesting. | Source
Closeup photo of the skinnier sculpture.  See the faces?
Closeup photo of the skinnier sculpture. See the faces? | Source
Closeup photo of the more massive sculpture
Closeup photo of the more massive sculpture | Source
Sculptures with background of the Hobby Center
Sculptures with background of the Hobby Center | Source
A car parked in back of this sculpture helps to fill in some of it towards the bottom left.
A car parked in back of this sculpture helps to fill in some of it towards the bottom left. | Source
This shows the sculptures with more of the Hobby Center as a backdrop.
This shows the sculptures with more of the Hobby Center as a backdrop. | Source

Learn more about Tony Cragg here...

Public Art Spaces

In Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston the Jean Dubuffet sculpture called Monument Au Fantome which translated into English means Monument to the Phantom Sculpture as well as the Synchronicity of Color Sculptures by Margo Sawyer can be found.

Obviously there is much more to Discovery Green Park than these sculptures, but I thought they needed to be included in this post telling about more of the sculptures in downtown Houston.

Monument Au Fantome by Jean Dubuffet

In English Monument Au Fantome translates to Monument to the Phantom Sculpture.  Located in front of our George R. Brown Convention Center
In English Monument Au Fantome translates to Monument to the Phantom Sculpture. Located in front of our George R. Brown Convention Center | Source

Synchronicity of Color by Margo Sawyer

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Both of these public art pieces can be seen in Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston.Synchronicity of Color by Margo Sawyer
Both of these public art pieces can be seen in Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston.
Both of these public art pieces can be seen in Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston. | Source
Synchronicity of Color by Margo Sawyer
Synchronicity of Color by Margo Sawyer | Source

Downtown Houston

As I was photographing examples of sculptures in downtown Houston, I could not help but marvel at the sculptural reflections of structures reflected in the glass of many of the buildings and thought that it would be fun to include some of them in this hub.

As the old saying goes..."Art is in the eye of the beholder." I definitely see art in this form. How about you?

Hope you enjoyed this brief look at some of the sites in downtown Houston.

Sculptural reflections in downtown Houston buildings

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      Peggy Woods 12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Joshua B,

      I hope you find it also. Perhaps it is up high and that is the reason you have yet to spot your artwork on those Mel Chin towers. It would definitely be fun to be able to point out your artwork to your children. Congrats on having your art selected for those towers!

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      Joshua B 12 months ago

      Nice article. Specially the 7 Wonders structure. After 18 years I am yet to find my drawing on those towers. I believe by far, having my drawing put on one of these towers an awesome feeling. I hope to one day find it and show it to my kids.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Those of us living in Houston wish the same for the Astrodome. Hopefully it will be preserved in some guise.

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      Robert Sacchi 15 months ago

      I remember when I did the Astrodome tour. It started out with an animation display on the jumbotron. I don't know if they called it that back then. They called the show a "Texas Welcome." That was the first time I was in a Sky Box. Here's hopeing for the best for the Astrodome.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      No...no tours through the Astrodome. Would be pretty sad to see at the moment. Many of the seats have been sold to collectors. Hopefully in the next year or so I can report that it has a new purpose and will retain its place in history.

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      Robert Sacchi 16 months ago

      I presume they don't run tours through there anymore.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I hope that they will finally come to a decision regarding the Astrodome. It has been a derelict structure for too long a time! Fingers crossed! :)

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      Robert Sacchi 16 months ago

      You are right it is an important historical structure. I'm glad it is still standing. Hopefully this latest proposal will come to something.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      The problem with the Astrodome is that it is iconic. It was the first domed stadium and quite something in its day. It is also a distinctive Houston landmark. The trouble is that the powers that be cannot make up their mind as to what to do with it. In the meantime...the costs keep mounting and nothing is being done with it. Just today we heard about another proposal of what could be done. Time will tell!

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      Robert Sacchi 16 months ago

      Yes, that is the worst of both worlds being in a limbo where it doesn't do anything except deteriorate and cost money. In New York when they built the new stadiums they built them in the parking lot of the old stadium and made the parking lots where the old stadiums stood.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      The Astrodome is still here. They are still trying to decide what to do with it. There are those who would tear it down and others who want to repurpose it. In the meantime it costs taxpayer money to maintain it.

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      Robert Sacchi 16 months ago

      Good to read it's still a growing city. Then again the Astrodome is no longer there.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      If your last visit to Houston was in 1980 you would not believe the building that has transpired since then! High rise buildings still being built downtown!

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      Robert Sacchi 16 months ago

      Nice pictures of the sculptures in Houston. When I visited Houston, circa 1980, I was impressed with the modern looking buildings. They sort of screamed "Oil Boom".

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      Peggy Woods 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings breathing,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. So glad you liked my photos and descriptions of some of the great public art displayed in downtown Houston. This city truly celebrates the arts!

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      Sajib 20 months ago from Bangladesh

      The photos are enough to give you an idea about the art and sculptures of Downtown, Texas. So much of amazing sculptures of world famous artists!! Really it is an awesome collection. I wish I could have been there. The author has brought up such sculptures and arts that will fascinate any art and sculpture lover. Also this post can be good opportunity to know the name of different world famous artists. How many of us have ever heard of these great artists? Such a wonderful and learning post for modern day art lovers. Just thanking the hub author though it is nowhere near enough for such a scintillating post!!!

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      Peggy Woods 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi aesta1,

      Nice time of year to head south! Hopefully our weather will be seasonal and normal for that time of year which I am sure you will enjoy coming from Ontario. If you are interested in art, we have fabulous museums as well as outdoor public art such as presented in this hub. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I will be happy to provide information for you.

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      Peggy Woods 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      For some reason your comment ended up in the spam folder and I just now discovered it. I hope you have more time the next time you pass through Houston! Would be lovely to meet you!

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      Mary Norton 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Peggy, this is timely for us as we plan to visit Houston the end of January. We are organizing our trip now and happy to have your tips here.

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      Patricia Scott 23 months ago from sunny Florida

      hi Peggy I just passed through Houston going to and fro from Austin. I did so want to take a detour and give you a call but there were of course time constraints.

      I hope to return and we would love to see you.

      Hoping you have a lovely Thanksgiving

      Angels are once again on the way to you and yours bringing blessings and hugs ps

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      Peggy Woods 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Nice seeing you here! It has been a long time! We are fine in Houston and I hope the same can be said for you in your part of the world.

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      agusfanani 24 months ago from Indonesia

      Hi Peggy W,

      How are you. I hope you are always in good shape there in Houston.

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      Peggy Woods 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SweetiePie,

      You are correct in that we have lots of everything in Houston including farmer's markets. There is even a farmer's market right in downtown Houston in Discovery Green Park where the Dubuffet sculpture as well as the Margo Sawyer sculptures are located.

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      SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Houston seems like a nice city to live in with a bit of everything. I have never been there, but I have heard good things. I heard you guys also have a lot of great farmer's markers and access to purchasing organic veggies.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      So glad you liked getting to see some of these sculptures that we enjoy in downtown Houston. It certainly adds pizzazz to our city!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      What a great hub! Still loving all this art --and this is so well researched--

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sheila,

      Hope you let me know when you come to Houston. Would be lovely to be able to meet you! Yes...Houston certainly does have beautiful buildings and loads of great public art.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Houston has so many beautiful sculptures, statues and buildings! It has been years since I have been there, but I really look forward to going back soon and seeing much of this in person. Your pictures are just wonderful!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jbosh1972,

      I am happy to be able to show you some of the public art sculptures in downtown Houston, Texas. Thanks for your comment.

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      Jason 2 years ago from Indianapolis, IN. USA

      A well thought out hub with extensive research. I applaud all your hard work. I really like the abstract public sculptures.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello VioletteRose,

      I like sculptural art also. Glad you liked these photos of some of what can be viewed in downtown Houston. Chicago is a great city! I remember visiting the Art Institute up there back in the 1970s among other things. The King Tut exhibit was being shown at the Field Museum back then and even though we lived in Wisconsin at the time, we joined as members and spent quite a bit of time at the Field Museum when we would be in town.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      They all look so nice! Great hub with excellent images. I have never been to Texas, but I love beautiful sculptures. The one I love the most is the Cloud Gate in Chicago.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Larry Rankin,

      Sorry to know that your one and only visit to Houston was under sad circumstances. Hopefully if you return you will be able to enjoy more of what our city has to offer by way of beauty and entertainment. Thanks for your comment.

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      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful overview of the art community in Houston. I've only been there once and it was under sad circumstances, but I did get to appreciate the beauty of the city a bit.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tolovaj,

      Actually we have lots of public art as well as great art museums in Texas. Glad that this enlightened you as to that fact. It is not all horses, cattle and cowboys down here. ☺

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Glad you liked this & wishing you the same. :)

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      Art is not my first thought when somebody mentions Texas, but looking at these photos, I might have second thoughts ... Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nell,

      Nice that the Miro sculpture made you smile. :)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read and thanks for sharing. Voted up and wishing you a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, I love some of these! I usually like the old traditional sculptures, but if one catches my eye then I love it, the one called Birds by Joan Miro made me smile and the dancer was lovely! nell

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello The Stages of ME,

      So glad to be able to share some photos of Houston with you since you once called it home. Hope you are enjoying Pa.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Hi Peggy

      I live in Pa but we moved back here from Houston. I worked at the medical center had my baby girl there and my family lives there still. I miss them so, had to move to a cooler climate due to health reasons. I so appreciate this hub and the taste of home. Thank you for it :)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

      Glad you found this useful. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for this beautiful hub about Sculptural Art in Houstan, Texas. Wonderful pictures and a great explanation. I wish to visit this beautiful place sometime in future and this is going to be a great guide.

      Thanks and voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      Thanks for the compliment. David Adickes is responsible for a number of sculptures in the Houston area as well as elsewhere. So glad that you liked this!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Houston is truly a magnificent city, and you Peggy showed it off beautifully, in this article.

      I particularly like the David Adickes work.

      Voted up ++ and shared

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      &pstraubie48,

      That would be wonderful if you could come to visit your sister and see more of the state. Let me know if you want more suggestions for visiting Houston. I have written quite a few hubs about various places but it would depend upon your interests, the time you have and the time of year you would be planning a visit. Is your sister familiar with Houston?

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      My sister lives in Austin and has asked me many times to come visit but due to personal family illness have not been able to go. I do want to come this year and Houston is a place we would like to visit.

      Your overview of these amazing sculptures and structures are another great reason to visit there. thank you for sharing.

      Angels are on the way to you and yours and wishing you a Merry Christmas. ps

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      My sister lives in Austin and has asked me many times to come visit but due to personal family illness have not been able to go. I do want to come this year and Houston is a place we would like to visit.

      Your overview of these amazing sculptures and structures are another great reason to visit there. thank you for sharing.

      Angels are on the way to you and yours and wishing you a Merry Christmas. ps

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Writer Fox,

      There is so much more to our city than the things you mentioned! Glad that I could show you a little more about our city than what you knew. Thanks for the votes and the pin. :)

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Excellent photos! I never knew that Houston had such huge displays of art. Most people hear about Houston in conjunction with the NASA space center or the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. You've certainly captured a different side of the city. Voted up and pinned!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Christy,

      So glad that you enjoyed this look at some of the public art in downtown Houston. Thanks for sharing this with others. I appreciate it.

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      Christy Culley 4 years ago from On the Road

      This post is amazing!

      You really did an amazing job of nixing the stereotypes of Texas and showing a broad sense of art displayed there. I lived there for several years and saw maybe half of what you taught us here in this well written post.

      Thank you, I will surely share this!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      So glad that you enjoyed this hub. Texas and Houston in particular is so much more than those old stereotypes. Thanks for the share!

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi again. I was able to share the hub this time. I foot to mention that I porbably would not have noted facial features in those scultures if you hadn't mentioned it.

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Really interesting variety of sculptures, Peggy. The image of Texas is so much cowboys, rodeos, football, cheerleaders that most of don't think about it as a place for fine arts. Your photography gave me an image of Houston that I didn't have before. Five stars, voted up and across the boards. I would share with followers but don't see the button for it. I also had a problem sending it to Facebook. I'll have to stop by later and see if the situation changes.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello lifelovemystery,

      Belated welcome to Houston! Yes...there are endless things to do in this great city. Glad to know that you are getting out there and taking advantage. Thanks for your comment.

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      Michelle Orelup 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      I moved to Houston last year and I'm still discovering the many treasures within this city. We have so many art galleries, museums and exhibits that there is something new to do pretty much every weekend. Great Post!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi toptendeals,

      Nice that you have a brother living here. There is so much to see and do in Houston! :))

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      Jason Benedict 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Very interesting pictures Peggy. My brother lives in Houston, I'll have to go visit so I can see some of this in person!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vellur,

      So happy that you enjoyed this look at some of the downtown Houston sculptures. Hope that you do get to see them in person someday.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A fantastic hub about artist sculptures and sculptural art in Houston. The photos of the sculptures are great. Thanks for sharing the sculptors names too. Each sculpture is uniquely creative and awesome. Great hub. Voted up interesting and informative. Hoping to visit some day.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      We are fortunate to have our city beautified with so many interesting sculptures. Glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for the votes.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      You are so fortunate to live in a city which indulges its residents with quality sculptures and arts. They are amazing artistic creations, particularly my favorite Virtuoso Sculpture by David Adickes, make the city definitely more beautiful and enjoyable to live in amidst those city buildings. Vote up this beautiful, awesome hub.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Aurelio,

      Not to my knowledge does Houston have an outdoor art mandate. But plenty of it abounds in public as well as private spaces. Your partner would love seeing the art in Houston. You could tag along also. Ha! Thanks for your votes and comment. :)

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      My partner, who is a ceramic sculptor, would enjoy all this. The first thing we do when we visit an unfamiliar city is to see if there's any outdoor art we can visit. Houston definitely qualifies. Does the city have an outdoor art mandate? The city next door to us, Brea, decrees that all new developments of a certain size must have or contribute to an outdoor sculpture near their site. The city is thus known for its dozens of public sculptures -- most quite avant garde. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      I have several other hubs in mind showing more of the things in Houston. Have actually been having some fun exploring our city and happy to be able to show it to you and others. Happy to know that you enjoyed this public art in downtown Houston. Thanks for your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Peggy,thanks for taking me to the wonderful world of art. You are not only good at explaining things but also showing us what you saw.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett,

      I found a video showing where the artist Mel Chin has used children's art in other projects and his explanation of why he likes doing that. You are correct in that the children's whose art is a part of the 7 wonders sculptures will always feel a sense of pride. It just might spark some other art careers! Thanks for your comment, the votes and the shares.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Certainly a lot of unique artwork in the area. This suggestions are great. Although they all have intriguing aspects, I love the fact that the first one includes drawings from kids. This is an artist that has truly helped to inspire younger artists and I am sure all the kids feel amazingly proud to see their work up there!!!

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Darlene,

      Am sure your grandchildren would enjoy a visit to downtown Houston...especially Discovery Green Park. Added another sculpture today to this hub! Thank you so much for your comment. Love and hugs back to you!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Maren Morgan M-T,

      Depending upon which airport you flew into (probably Intercontinental, I am guessing) all you would have seen is lots of trees and greenery. If you flew into Hobby Airport, you would have passed over more of the city. Perhaps someday you will get a chance to truly see some of Houston's sites from the ground. Appreciate your comment. At least you now know what some of the downtown sculptures look like. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Anyone liking modern sculptures would like viewing the public art found in downtown Houston. So glad that I could give you a virtual look via this hub. Thanks for your comment and all of your appreciative votes. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for your comment on this hub. You must be referring to the Sam Houston statue in Hermann Park. It is a beauty! I was focusing on just the sculptures that are located downtown in this hub. You are right in that there are many great artists and their works are displayed in many places all across the Houston scenery.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      I like the Virtuoso sculpture also but believe it or not there were critics of it when it was first installed. It is obvious that not everyone likes the same kind of art! I have added some sculptures since you first read this. Hope you come back to take a look. Thanks for your comment.

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      drwarring@att.net 4 years ago

      Oh Peggy, your HubPage on Houston's art was amazing. it makes me want to take my grandchildren to see. Thanks for your beautiful work. Love & hugs, Darlene

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Annie Miller,

      Seeing these sculptures up close and personal is obviously the best way to view them, but I am happy that you enjoyed the photos of them enough to wish to do that someday. Thanks for your comment. It is nice that art can be displayed like this for everyone's enjoyment.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Looks gorgeous. The only bit of Houston I've seen was the ariport. :(

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow...Fantastic hub and very well written. Dear, Peggy. I am glad to visit this hub as my passion with art. Great presentation between text, pictures and video. I really enjoy reading this hub. Good job, my friend. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up (useful, interesting, beautiful, awesome).

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vertualit,

      So glad that you enjoyed this look at some of the public art in downtown Houston. I just added a couple more selections today and will be making more additions in the future. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lela (Austinstar),

      Your comment made me smile. I guess we can't stop progress...and yes...Houston is growing by leaps and bounds. So is your town of Austin! I doubt that Houston will ever take over the entire state. Long way to the outer reaches of West Texas! Ha!

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      Cheryl J. 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      I am very much in love with the beautiful art that Houston has to display. Houston is a wonderful art influenced city by many talented artist. You have captured the beauty of Houston in your photos. I love your interesting hub and videos. My favorite statue is Sam Houston. Great hub as always.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello FullOfLoveSites,

      Very happy to be able to share some of the public art displayed in downtown Houston with you. There is much of it sprinkled all around this city in the different neighborhoods. Thanks for your comment.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the enjoyable and informative tour of Houston's sculptures, Peggy. My favorite is the Virtuoso Sculpture. I love this one! It's so much fun to explore the world through your hubs.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello whonunuwho,

      I have seen the national memorial in Oklahoma City and written a hub about it. We also visited the capitol building but did not have time to see much more of the city. Perhaps you should write a hub about the sculptures in that city? I would be interested and am sure that others would as well. Thanks for your comment on these sculptures in downtown Houston. Will add more that I missed photographing in the future. Thanks for your comment.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Wonderful Hub. I love when communities support artists - especially local artists. The photos you have provided are terrific - makes me want to see them up close and personal!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      It is true that there are many things to see and do in Houston. I thought that it would be fun to focus on writing about some of our local sites. So glad that you enjoyed this and thanks for the shares.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susan,

      Happy to be able to share these images with you. Hope you get to see these sculptures and much more of Houston someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi pstraubie48,

      I could have done an entire hub about reflections in buildings. I love the artistic effects. Very happy to be able to give you some idea of the appearance of downtown Houston with its parks and sculptures. Thanks for your comment and the blessing of angels. :)

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      Abdus Salam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      Excellent all of arts. Interesting hub. thanks

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      So glad that you liked this look at some of the downtown Houston sculptures and that you also liked some of the reflections in the buildings. I liked the effect of the reflections also. Appreciate your votes and shares.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      I well know about Houston and the cutting edge medicine that comes from here. When I was an OR nurse back in the 1970's many of the doctors at Methodist Hospital where I worked actually had things named after them. Heart transplants were rather new back then and it was a thrill to watch Dr. DeBakey perform one. I saw that from a viewing gallery on one of my days off. I worked in the main OR and he did his work in the Fondren Brown building next door. The Texas Medical Center is an amazing place! It is like a town all unto itself! I lived in the nurse's dorm back then in the heart of it. It has since been torn down. There was actually some free surface parking back then! Now many of the workers park in outlying lots and are shuttled into work. The parking garages can get a bit expensive!

      Thanks for your votes, share and 5 star rating on the sculptures in downtown Houston.

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      Lela 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Someday, Houston will take over the state! I miss the city of my birth and juvenile years, but I don't think I could ever live there again. I wouldn't give you two cents for Dallas or San Antonio either. And I wish that people would quit moving to Austin! It may be the last mostly 'Texan' town there is.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      If you haven't been to Houston since 1976, you will be amazed at its growth and how the city has changed since that time! The downtown area is so much prettier with the different parks, sports venues that have been built, monorail on one of the main streets, etc. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      Houston is like an outdoor museum! Many interesting and artful sculptures and buildings. Thanks for sharing and posting pictures. Up and awesome.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Beautiful work and I did not realize how akin to the arts Houston is. Oklahoma city is also and very beautiful in its arts, and especially sculptures, scattered about its streets. Thank you for sharing. whonu

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You should be an official Ambassador for Houston! There must be a lot to see and enjoy judging from your Hubs. I enjoyed your photos, especially the one of the buildings that reflect the sculptures. I think my favorite is the Frozen Laces.

      Another fine Hub to be shared all around with a vote UP, etc. I will certainly Pin this to my Travel Board.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So many amazing sculptures in Houston. I'd like to see all of them in person. I especially like the Frozen Laces. Beautiful photos Peggy and very interesting hub.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Peggy

      I have not visited Houston so I am thanking you for the photos and the information of this city. The photos give me a peek at some of the artistic talent that is obviously there. It is so interesting to see objects and buildings reflected in the large glass structures creating 'new art' all of its own.

      Sending you Angels this morning :) ps

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The sculptures are dazzling. I especially love the 7 Wonders, the Virtuoso Sculpture and the Monument Au Fantome. Also, the reflections of the sculptures in the glass lend a totally mesmerizing effect. I'm glad you thought of this and included these pics as well.

      Voted up, beautiful and shared.