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Viewing the Fantastic Artist Sculptures and Sculptural Art in Downtown Houston, Texas

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

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Art in Houston

The City of Houston is large and spread out in all directions. As of 2020, it is the 4th largest city in the United States. 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 anytime soon.

Art galleries abound, and there is an art to suit just about anyone's taste and budget. This article will feature some of the outdoor art that is in public spaces in Houston's downtown regions.

1. Seven Wonders

One of the most significant art installations came into being as Sesquicentennial Park celebrated the 150th birthday of Houston. It is titled the Seven Wonders, and it consists of seven seventy-foot-tall pillars created by artist Mel Chin who was assisted by many hundreds of Houston school children.

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

These drawings represent the following:

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

One hundred fifty drawings were selected for each pillar. With the use of 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.

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

2. The Virtuoso by David Adickes

David Adickes is a well-known artist in Texas. He grew up in Huntsville's small town just north of Houston and has emerged as an artist recognized nationwide 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 sure to impress not only because of its impressive height but also the likeness to that statesman who had so much importance in history.

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

The Virtuoso sculpture is a signature piece in downtown Houston's theater district 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.

3. High Plains Drifter by Peter Reginato

High Plains Drifter is the title of the winner of the Allen Center national sculpture competition, and installation took place in February of 1974. Its location is 333 Clay Street in downtown Houston, Texas.

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

Recently this sculpture was relocated to Agnes Moffitt Park at 10625 Hammerly Blvd., Houston, Texas 77036.

4. Personage and Birds by Joan Miró

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

Joan Miró's artwork graces many museums around the world and is also in numerous private collections of people who can afford his prices. He has created unique, eyecatching colorful sculptures and 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 1992, where we saw a vast collection of his works.

5. The Dancer by Marcello Mascherini

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.

The Dancer is a bronze statue that is in front of Jones Hall in downtown Houston. She has outflung arms as if she is twirling around with the folds of her dress characterizing movement. She stands at seven and a half feet tall and is on a riser with plants below her feet.

This sculpture towers over the crowds of people who gather in front of Jones Hall before 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 also occur.

6. In Minds Sculptures by Tony Cragg

This fascinating duo of sculptures is in front of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, where Broadway shows, and others take place. It is 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 two 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.

7. House Sculpture by Jim Dine

This House Sculpture is one of three bronze relief sculptures created by American pop artist Jim Dine in 1983. This one, located in Houston’s Discovery Green Park, is dedicated to the memory of well known Houston philanthropist Maconda Brown O’Connor.

She was the daughter of George R. Brown of Construction Company Brown & Root fame. Her dad eventually earned a small fortune from his business efforts. However, the values she learned from her dad, who did not grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth, were long-lasting.

She learned about hard work and giving back to those less fortunate, which became an integral part of the person she became. In later years Maconda Brown O’Connor acquired her doctorate in social work. She dedicated her life to working and improving the lives of children, including those in juvenile detention centers. Her imprint upon Houston’s city remains because of her efforts to aid children in poor and less advantaged circumstances.

The sculpture seems most appropriate as it incorporates such work-a-day tools such as hammers, axes, and mallets. A wrench and other useful items are also in the design.

House Sculpture is in Discovery Green Park, located across from the George R. Brown convention center in downtown Houston. The address is 1500 McKinney St., Houston, Texas 77010.

8. Jean Dubuffet and Margo Sawyer Sculptures

In Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston, is the Jean Dubuffet sculpture called Monument Au Fantome. When translated into English, it means Monument to the Phantom.

Also, the Synchronicity of Color sculptures by Margo Sawyer is nearby.

There is much more to Discovery Green Park than these sculptures, but I thought they needed to be included in this post.

9. Balls

Several bronze-colored reflective-surface balls are gracing the front of the Wortham Center in downtown Houston. I could not find any plaques identifying the artist. They certainly are distinctive and add to the beauty of this area.

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.

10. Sculptural Effects in 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 post.

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

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

Downtown Houston, Texas

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

Houston is a city that truly embraces all types of art and I really enjoy getting to view it in museums as well as outdoors in public spaces. So glad you liked this.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 14, 2018:

Architecture is my favorite kind of art, but sculpture is right in there behind it. I really like these photos of sculptures, even the strange ones. If I ever get back to Houston I'll definitely have to check some of these out. You always write such excellent articles on art, and I especially appreciate the articles on your local museums and exhibits.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2018:

Hi Rochelle,

I hope that you do author an article regarding your son's artwork. I am sure that many people would be interested in seeing it and it would be good exposure for him. Articles on art always seem to elicit interest on the part of viewers.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 16, 2018:

I have thought about it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2018:

Hi Rochelle,

It is a shame that I had to delete that link to your son's art as I am sure others would have wanted to see it as well. However since we are not supposed to insert links I did as you asked. He is really good! Creating art and writing are both solitary jobs but rewarding in their own way. Have you ever thought about writing a post on HubPages featuring his art?

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 16, 2018:

Being an artist is usually a solitary pursuit. He said he needed to get out and be among people sometimes. I found his site on google. I'll send his page in a separate response and you can delete it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2018:

Hi Rochelle,

There seem to be more and more companies inviting people to paint indoors while sipping on some wine, etc. That must be fun for your son to be an instructor in one of those stores. I could not find Carl Frank Illustration in google.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 16, 2018:

In answer to your questions, he is a fantasy-science fiction artist mostly and has done work for many game companies. You can google Carl Frank Illustration to see some work.He also is a “Painting With a Twist” instructor in Houston. I sent a link to your hub and my daughter in law said she had just noticed the towers for the first time that day when she was driving by.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2018:

Hello Mykola,

So happy to know that you enjoyed seeing these sculptures in downtown Houston via my photos. Houston is blessed with many pieces of public art scattered throughout the metro area.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2018:

Hi Rochelle,

We have so much public art in Houston and I am sure your son who is an artist is probably well aware of it. What type of art does he create?

Mykola on April 15, 2018:

Hi, Peggy,

You represent with a great taste these sculptures. You constructed a wonderful world and it will win any sensor hunger. Yours. Mykola

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 14, 2018:

My son (an artist) and his wife moved to Houston a couple of years ago. I have to show him this. Nice photos, too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2018:

Hi Mary,

We have numerous sculptures in many places all throughout the Houston metro area. These are just some of the ones in the downtown area. Perhaps next time you will have a chance to do some sightseeing and get to see some of the public art on display. Nice that you have old friends down here. It gives you extra incentive to make a return trip.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 14, 2018:

Peggy, I missed these wonderful artworks when I last went there. Our visit was more to see old friends so we did not go sightseeing. Another reason to go back. It's nice to see one of Joan Miro's works there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 21, 2016:

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!

Joshua B on October 19, 2016:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2016:

Hi Robert,

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

Robert Sacchi on June 25, 2016:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2016:

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.

Robert Sacchi on June 24, 2016:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2016:

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! :)

Robert Sacchi on June 16, 2016:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2016:

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!

Robert Sacchi on June 15, 2016:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2016:

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.

Robert Sacchi on June 14, 2016:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2016:

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!

Robert Sacchi on June 10, 2016:

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".

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2016:

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!

TANJIM ARAFAT SAJIB from Bangladesh on February 10, 2016:

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!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2015:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2015:

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!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 06, 2015:

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.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 02, 2015:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 20, 2015:

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.

agusfanani from Indonesia on October 19, 2015:

Hi Peggy W,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2015:

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.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 18, 2015:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2015:

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!

Audrey Howitt from California on October 13, 2015:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2015:

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.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on September 05, 2015:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2015:

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.

Jason from Indianapolis, IN. USA on May 11, 2015:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2014:

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.

VioletteRose from Atlanta on June 20, 2014:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2014:

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.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 14, 2014:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2014:

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. ☺

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 22, 2014:

Hi Eddy,

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

Tolovaj on March 19, 2014:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2014:

Hi Nell,

Nice that the Miro sculpture made you smile. :)

Eiddwen from Wales on March 15, 2014:

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

Eddy.

Nell Rose from England on March 05, 2014:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 27, 2014:

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.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on January 22, 2014:

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 :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 04, 2014:

Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

Glad you found this useful. :)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2014:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 28, 2013:

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!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 26, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2013:

&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?

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 23, 2013:

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

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 23, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 11, 2013:

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. :)

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on December 07, 2013:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 19, 2013:

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.

Christy Culley from On the Road on September 19, 2013:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2013:

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!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 04, 2013:

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.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 04, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2013:

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.

Michelle Orelup from Las Vegas, NV on September 02, 2013:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 13, 2013:

Hi toptendeals,

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

Jason Benedict from Boca Raton, Florida on August 12, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2013:

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.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 02, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 18, 2013:

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.

agusfanani from Indonesia on June 18, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2013:

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. :)

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 15, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2013:

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.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 17, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2013:

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.

Brett C from Asia on May 13, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

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. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

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. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

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.

drwarring@att.net on May 13, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

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.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2013:

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

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 13, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2013:

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!

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on May 11, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2013:

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.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 10, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2013:

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.

Annie Miller from Wichita Falls, Texas on May 10, 2013:

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!