The Power of Public Art in Harris County, Texas

Our Civic Art+ Design team is devoted to transforming ordinary spaces into extraordinary works of art. Through commissions such as the permanent illuminated sculpture by the American artist Leo Villareal for the new Tilman J. Fertitta Family Medical School and a large-scale temporary architectural installation by the Cuban-American artist and sculptor based in Mexico Jorge Pardo for Wilhelmina's Grove, both at the University of Houston, Public Art UHS is committed to collecting and displaying pieces that are representative and accessible to the diverse communities it serves throughout the Houston metropolitan area and Southeast Texas. Chief Jimoh Buraimoh, a Nigerian painter and artist, has been a key figure in Commissioner Ellis' efforts to spread public artworks throughout Harris County.

An example of this is the artwork installed in John M. By presenting a tranquil figure (a local adolescent) in a moment of peaceful contemplation, the work encourages viewers to explore the complexities and challenges of mental health. The Paley Stairway sculptures, completed in 1987 by American artist Albert Paley, line the escalator that leads to the entrance of the Wortham Theater Center, a performing arts center in downtown Houston. Visitors to Alexander Deussen Park are welcomed with a work of functional public art designed and created by Texan artist David Adickes, renowned for his enormous works of concrete art. Talking about the ideas that inspire his work, the artist Riccardo Mariano states: “The apparent movement of the sun in the sky activates space with light and colors and attracts the spectators who participate in the creation of the work with its presence.”She is a respected leader in Houston's artistic community and has devoted nearly a decade of her professional career to curating art exhibitions and cultural experiences in the city on behalf of corporations, nonprofit organizations and galleries. The statue of El Franco Lee, sculpted by artist Chas Fagan, is the centerpiece of the El Franco Lee Service Plaza, which surrounds the Harris County Jury Assembly building at 1201 Congress Street.

The artist was chosen from among her peers through a competition created in collaboration with UHD, and a committee of art experts from Houston selected her work. Arch of Time, Houston's last permanent work of art in public space, is a generative and permanent sculptural installation set to be installed in 2024 in East End's Guadalupe Plaza Park. The Houston airport system is fortunate to have one of the largest public art collections in Texas. This was made possible by the momentum and generous support from Downtown Houston Management District and Harris County District 1.Through a competitive process, Riccardo Mariano's work was chosen to be implemented on a large scale in Guadalupe Plaza Park. Located in Harris County District Attorney's office in downtown Houston, Lady of Justice is depicted with her eyes covered, holding scales of justice and a sword - ready to serve impartial justice to all.

This was made possible by momentum and generous support from Houston Central Management District, TotalEnergies, and Harris County District One.

Nathaniel Hickert
Nathaniel Hickert

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