Discovery Green Outdoor Art: Firmament and Enchanted Promenade

November 22, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Recurring daily
Discovery Green
Labranch at Lamar | Houston, TX 77010
Phone: (713) 400-7336
Times: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Free and open to the public

Parking is available in a variety of locations around the park for varying prices.

Area of Town: Downtown
Free Admission: Yes

Discovery Green will again captivate downtown visitors with two art installations this winter: Firmament, a vibrant canopy of LED lights by acclaimed Burning Man artist Christopher Schardt, and Enchanted Promenade, towering colorful peonies by TILT, a French light art and design studio.

An initiative of Discovery Green's thoughtful and engaging interactive programming, this winter's installations promise to capture the imagination of Houstonians, tourists and park-goers. The bright, large-scale, temporary installations will illuminate the park starting on November 22.This will be Schardt's Texas debut and TILT's debut in the United States.

Firmament will enliven the Sarofim Picnic Lawn from November 22 through January 8, 2017. From artist and technology innovator, Christopher Schardt, Firmament is a 52-foot wide, canopy of 21,600 LED lights, suspended from a 42-foot high aluminum tower. The tower is elevated on six legs forming huge equilateral triangles with the ground.  At its pinnacle, a 21-diameter LED ball serves as a beacon and will be visible from long distances.

Guests are invited to gather under the structure as the LED lights display celestial, playful, psychedelic and brightly abstract images. A continually changing musical element will engage visitors' senses creating an enveloping, comforting, communal environment below. Discovery Green will seek input from Houston musicians and the community to determine musical selections.

Enchanted Promenade by the French art and design collective TILT, features colorful, giant peony bouquets along the majestic Brown Promenade from November 22, 2016 through mid-February 2017. The flowers will soar over 19 feet high, stretching to the sun in a nod to nature.

Enchanted Promenade will come to life through color-changing LED lighting. At night, the stamens grow brighter with a blazing red light that emanates through its petals and scatters warm light throughout. Below the soaring stems of the plant, diffused lighting subtly enhances an inviting seating area for visitors to lounge and enjoy the view.

Discovery Green visitors can also enjoy the park's iconic public art pieces year-round: Jim Dine's The House (Heart), Jean Dubuffet's Monument Au Fantome and Margo Sawyer's Synchronicity of Color and the Mist Tree and Listening Vessels by Doug Hollis.

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