In December, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, co-present Rain: Madgalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern, the inaugural art installation in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a 1926 underground city reservoir recently restored and opened to the public by BBP. The installation features 2iPM009—an abstract video piece by Venezuelan artist Madgalena Fernández—projected onto the 221 concrete columns of the vast underground space. Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern opens on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a structure reminiscent of the ancient Roman cisterns in Istanbul, is a cavernous, 87,500-square-foot-space featuring more than 200 slender, 25-foot high concrete columns. BBP re-discovered the Cistern in 2010 when it was developing the $58-million Buffalo Bayou Park project, a 160-acre site west of downtown Houston. Recognizing the historical and architectural significance of the highly unusual space, BBP took a bold step to repurpose the Cistern into a magnificent public space that would house an ambitious program of changing art installations.
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