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Heights Boulevard Sculpture Exhibit: 8th Annual Event in Houston

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True North Sculpture Exhibit 2021 Collage

True North Sculpture Exhibit 2021 Collage

True North 2021

This sculpture exhibit is the eighth annual temporary public art exhibit on Heights Boulevard in Houston, Texas. The first one began in 2014.

People who live in the Heights, plus those of us who travel there each year to see these fantastic modern art pieces, are enriched and sometimes amused at what is on view for nine months each year. The timeframe each year is from March 15th to December 15th.

The tree-lined 60-foot-wide esplanade of Heights Boulevard with walking and jogging trails also has other attractions of note, such as the World War II Memorial, the beautiful Lombard Lamp, a gazebo, benches, and pretty landscaping, among other things. It is the perfect location to display these sculptures each year from noted Texas artists.

Let's take a look at those on display this year, starting with the one closest to Interstate 10 and heading north up the boulevard.

Artist Cary Reeder

What appears to be brightly colored crepe myrtle tree trunks splashed across translucent vinyl is molded over a galvanized steel frame forming this dome-shaped sculpture that Cary Reeder calls "Treeodesic Dome." It is pretty in the daytime but must take on even more of a glow at night due to its solar lighting illumination.

For some reason, it makes me think of one of our friends who once slept under the stars in a bubble lodging in Terlingua, Texas. Watching the sunrise, sunset, and stars in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert is scenery unlike the lush green environment of Houston. Yet, the dome shape inspired my thoughts.

What thoughts do you think of when viewing these pictures of Cary Reeder's sculpture? Her students at the Art League Houston must enjoy her teaching techniques.

Artist Danville Chadbourne

In the 600 block of Heights Boulevard, you will find three sculptures with these descriptive titles. They are the following:

  1. The Accidental Surrogate of the Literal Progeny
  2. The Persistent Echo of the Haunted Night
  3. The Presumptuous Growth of Unconsciousness

Mr. Chadbourne works from his studio and home in San Antonio. He takes inspiration from nature and ancient, primitive cultures and what those cultures leave behind by way of artifacts.

Which one of these titles matches one of the triptych sculptures? I will let you decide.

Artist Jamie Spinello

It is in the 800 block that you will view this aluminum sculpture by Jamie Spinello. It is her rendition of a red yucca plant seed pod.

Who knew that looking at her eye-catching sculpture could also be so educational? The word "allochory" refers to a method of seed dispersal, and wind plays an important part. She likes the idea of using native plants in our landscaping designs.

Artist William Cannings

Looking at this whimsical sculpture of the "Stacked Pillows" makes me think of some of the pillow fights that I have had with family members through the years. They were not frequent, but to this day, memories of them make me smile. Thank you, Mr. Cannings!

Anyone driving past the 900 block of Heights Boulevard is sure to spot this towering sculpture of steel. This artist often creates inflated objects as art forms that replicate much softer items.

Artist Bill Peck

A seesaw takes center stage with a father and the family dog on one end, counterbalanced with the mother and child on the other end. I find joy and delight when viewing this colorful sculpture. Bill Peck's "Searching for Balance" is a showstopper in the 1200 block of this boulevard. The colors are vibrant and fun, as in opening a new box of colorful crayons.

Family life can sometimes be topsy-turvy, but it can also be fun, as portrayed in this large whimsical piece of art.

Bill Peck has 35 years of experience working in a family business of metal fabricating but now spends his time making sculptural art. If this is any example, sculptures like this one are bound to bring joy and delight into people's lives. Way to go!

Artist Anthony Suber

Composite materials, including wood, comprise this fantastical sculpture. A humanoid figure stands at one end, and my mind envisions some other-worldly transport or conveyance in front of it, although the artist Anthony Suber refers to it as a "Cardinal mask" in front of the human form. That is the beauty of art. Everyone can interpret what they see using their imaginations.

The 1300 block is where you can drive or walk past this Houston artist's creation.

Artist Julia Ousley

In the 1600 block, you can see these rust-colored pillars of CorTen steel topped with human figures. Julia Ousley's past educational background has taken her from the medical field to architecture, and now the merging of both into sculptural art.

This massive piece deserves walking around and viewing it from all angles. Most sculptural art deserves a 360-degree view.

Artist David Adickes

Those of us who live in and around Houston are very familiar with the works of David Adickes. He is well-known for his monumental sculptures of the heads and busts of U.S. Presidents, the Beatles, Sam Houston, the semi-abstract cellist sculpture with the title of "The Virtuoso" in the museum district, and so many more!

While his "Three Colorful Friendly Trees" sculpture is not as monumental in style, it is indeed colorful, bright, and a notable nod to our friendly city. The vibrant acrylic paint covers the concrete over a base of steel. It is at the most northern part of Heights Boulevard in the 1800 block.

References and Sources:

True North 2021: http://houstonheights.org/get-involved/heights-boulevard-art-project/

https://basecampterlingua.com/bubbles/

https://www.caryreeder.com/

http://www.danvillechadbourne.com/Danville_Chadbourne/HOME.html

About Seed Transport including Allochory: https://www.ecologycenter.us/plant-ecology/info-dnr.html

https://www.jamiespinello.com/publicart.html#/

https://bisonggallery.com/artists/david-adickes/

https://www.crisworley.com/artists/william-canningshttps://www.crisworley.com/artists/william-cannings

About Bill Peck and other artists: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/article/Oversize-sculptures-populate-Houston-s-Heights-16027833.php

http://www.anthonyjsuber.com/

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.

© 2021 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2021:

Hi MG,

Thanks for the virtual visit and your comment. Since these annual exhibits have begun, there is only about a 3-month hiatus between the exhibits when you would not be able to see sculptures on Heights Boulevard.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 15, 2021:

Hi Niks,

Locals often know about places that are not in guidebooks. I appreciate your visit and comment. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 15, 2021:

Hi Heidi,

These fantastic sculptures do make for great photo ops! Thanks for your comment, and enjoy your week ahead, also.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2021:

Hi EK Jadoon,

I am so pleased that you felt as though you were walking around these sculptures. That is why I try and take photos from different angles. Thanks for your comment.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 14, 2021:

You have given a wonderful description and photographs to illustrate the place. I have not been there but on my next visit to states maybe I will. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2021:

Hi Devika,

This annual sculpture event does draw people from near and far. We make plans to see it each year even though we live quite a distance from it. Thanks for your interest and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2021:

Hi Chrish,

I also really like that sculpture. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Niks from India on July 14, 2021:

You always come up with mind-blowing and creative places to visit in the USA.

The tour companies' trips to the USA don't include such amazing locations. Indeed, very informative write-up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I agree that displaying these sculptures outdoors in this setting is ideal. I hope that this annual event continues long into the future. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2021:

Hi Mary,

I am pleased that you can have some idea of this exhibit from faraway Ontario. That is the beauty of the web. Thanks for your comment.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on July 13, 2021:

What I love about these kind of sculpture exhibits is that they create great photo ops! And these are amazing. I'd so be taking my pic with them. :)

Thanks for always sharing the wonderful sites around you. Have a beautiful week!

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 13, 2021:

A great tour to artistic world, Peggy. The most favourite of mine is the art piece of Mr. Chadbourne. All of them deserve praise. During read, I was literally feeling that I am walking around these unique sculptures. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2021:

Hi Denise,

It is always fun learning more about the artists who create these sculptures. I have left links at the bottom under Sources if people wish to read more about them. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2021:

Hi Amara,

I am so glad you enjoyed looking at these sculptures. The titles of them are by the artists who created them. Thanks for your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 12, 2021:

Hi Peggy this hub is interesting and a lot to see here. A place of great interest indeed! It sounds like this event should gain a crowd and the arts are extraordinary.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2021:

Hi Vanita,

I am so pleased you enjoyed this virtual tour of these spectacular sculptures. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

The Houston Heights Association actively seeks to enrich its neighborhood and make it a great place for families to live. Even those not living there can enjoy the many amenities, such as this annual public art exhibit, its parks, and more.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on July 12, 2021:

For me whenever I see sculpture it all try to deliver a message. " Searching for balance " really got my attention.

Thanks for sharing this all with us Ms Woods! Hope you have a fantastic day.

Sending power hugs!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2021:

Hi John,

"Searching For Balance" is one of my favorites also. Yes, Houston does celebrate the arts. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on July 11, 2021:

What a great concept. Unique works of art, outside in a park setting, free for the public to enjoy. Doesn't’ get much better than this. I enjoyed all of them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

You are not the only person who mentioned "Allochory" as their favorite. Thanks for your comment.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 11, 2021:

Thank you for giving us a glimpse of the exhibit. I always admire ideas people can imagine.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 11, 2021:

It's too hard to choose just one as a favorite although Searching for Balance spoke to me more than Stacked Pillows. I especially love that you bother to give us a little backstory for each of the artists. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,

Denise

Amara from Pakistan on July 11, 2021:

Interesting Hub Peggy.. Your photos are colorful and catchy too..

Stay happy and blessed.. God bless you..

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2021:

Hi Nithya,

I am so glad you enjoyed viewing these sculptures and letting me know which one you liked best. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

Public Art in the outdoors is a fantastic way to expose people to different types of artistic expression. I am glad you enjoyed seeing these sculptures. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I always enjoy learning about the artists plus their work when we get to see these sculpture exhibits. I am glad you enjoyed viewing these 8 sculptures. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2021:

Hi Pamela,

I had a couple of favorites, but they are all unique sculptures. It is so nice that anyone nearby can enjoy them in that outdoors setting for free. It is a great venue!

Vanita Thakkar on July 11, 2021:

Beautiful sculptures - nicely photographed and described. It was an enjoyable virtual tour of Heights Boulevard. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 from london on July 10, 2021:

A great collection of masterpieces! Art today is so different, so creative and innovative! Beautiful and scenic as well as supported by the community and artists. How noble! Heights Boulevard must be pprecious to all.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 10, 2021:

I love all these sculptures, Peg, but especially "Searching For Balance." What an artistic city Houston seems to be. Thank you for sharing this info and photos.

Rosina S Khan on July 10, 2021:

I loved all these sculptures at Heights Boulevard. They are really fascinating to the eye. I liked "Allochory" by Jamie Spinello the best. The photos are so adeptly taken and you deserve credit for that. Thank you, Peggy, for this wonderful contribution.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 10, 2021:

Great article Peggy. I enjoyed seeing the photos and reading about the artist and sculpture. Each one is unique and wonderful. My favorite is

“Treeodesic Dome” by Cary Reeder. Thank you for sharing this article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2021:

Hi Liz,

Yes, it is still good to be outdoors during the pandemic. I am so happy you liked seeing these sculptures via pictures and my descriptions. I hope you are doing well. Thanks for your comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 10, 2021:

Peggy

Thanks for sharing this with us.

I've never seen art displayed like this before...it seems like a fun way to get people outdoors and introduced to the artistic world.

I know nothing about art, but I did like the trees.

The aluminum thing at the beginning was quite thought provoking...but I didn't figure it out.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2021:

These are such beautiful and artistic sculptures. I liked each one of them. Very creative and very thoughtful of you to share these images in your article, by giving due credit to the artists too.

Thank you for sharing and highlighting the Heights Boulevard Sculpture exhibit. I enjoyed the read and the information.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 10, 2021:

These sculptures are truly unique, Peggy. This looks like a wonderful place to visit. I think anybody would enjoy touring these sculptures. I liked all of them!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2021:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

We do love the arts in Houston! It is so much fun getting to view these public art sculptures on Heights Boulevard each year. I hope it continues long into the future! Thanks for your comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 10, 2021:

I always enjoy reading your review of this event. It is good that it has been able to go ahead in spite of the pandemic. Being outdoors is a big advantage. I really appreciate your descriptions and excellent illustrations.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 10, 2021:

There are several of these that I really liked so it was hard to choose a favorite here. You're lucky to live in such an artsy place. My daughter would be in heaven there.

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