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Houston Heights Sculpture Show: "Obstacle Art Path"

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Sculpture #3, Where Art Meets Science by Fariba Abedin

Sculpture #3, Where Art Meets Science by Fariba Abedin

5th Annual Heights Boulevard Sculpture Show

Now a fun part of history, read below what I wrote and photographed in the year 2018 regarding this annual art show on Heights Boulevard. The present tense made sense at the time of writing it. Enjoy!

“Obstacle Art Path” is the name of this year’s annual curated sculpture show located in the Houston Heights of Houston, Texas. The wide Houston Heights Boulevard has these eight new sculptures distributed between the 400 to 1800 blocks through December 15, 2018.

If you wish to purchase one of these unique sculptures at the end of the show, contact Kenny Terrell of the Houston Heights Association at this number: 713-515-1379. He will be able to assist you with the information you need.

Fariba Abedin

The Iranian born artist who created the colorful abstract sculpture titled Sculpture #3, Where Art Meets Science lives in Houston. #303 is the number of her workspace at Silver Street Studios. You can learn much more about her by going to her site.

“Harmony through Light and Color” are carefully chosen words on her website that depict her artistry.

Part of what delights me in addition to looking at public art sculptures is learning about the artists who create them.

Tommy Gregory

I got a kick out of looking at Tommy Gregory’s website. He describes himself as “Artist | Human.” He is a well-credentialed artist but also a businessman. Tommy Gregory currently oversees art exhibits and projects for the City of Houston airports, which include Bush Intercontinental, Hobby, and Ellington Airports.

Do you see an armadillo at the base of his sculpture? That is what I envision looking at his bronze sculpture.

Adela Andea

Do you see a melting glacier when looking at this sculpture? Adela Andea viewed glaciers that were rapidly melting on a trip to Alaska. You can read about her and her inspiration for this piece from the Anya Tish Gallery, which represents her work.

Adela Andea was born in Romania. She now lives in Texas, where she often creates illuminated sculptures. We viewed her Glacier Parallax in the daytime. It would be even more impressive at night!

Her resume is impressive! From studying law in Romania to being valedictorian when getting her B.A. at the University of Houston to achieving a Master of Fine Arts in New Media as well as one in Art History…this is one smart and talented lady!

Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw

This colorful mosaic sculptural piece titled Blood Relations is pretty when seen from all angles. The details, when viewed up close, are fantastic. Round tops of old Shinola shoe polish tins have the words ME, US, THEM and YOU painted at the top of each one.

Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw is a Houston artist as well as an educator. She is active in helping children create murals such as the one my husband and I got to see in Stude Park, where a giant steel sculpture created by Mac Whitney stands. Houston views, along with that sculpture, are in the mural affixed to the Stude Park Community Center building. Her artistic work is in many other SPARK parks, as well as community centers in the Houston area.

John Ross Palmer

This widely traveled artist creates all types of art, including murals, works on canvas, ceramics, neon pieces, jewelry, and more. Found in his abstract compositions are also bits of realism.

John Ross Palmer is called the founder of “Escapism” art. He firmly believes that modern-day artists can be successful. Mr. Palmer and his partner, who also serves as his business manager, teach other artists empowerment techniques. You can read more about John Ross Palmer on Wikipedia.

Anthony Thompson Shumate

This artist, as well as an art teacher, produces objects that make one think. Bitcoin is an alternative type of currency that is unregulated. This colorful sculpture created by Anthony Thompson Shumate represents a real tangible item, one that can be seen and felt. It is 72″ by 60″ by 6″ in dimension. Latex paint was used to paint this steel and wood sculpture.

One of his civic art projects back in 2007, located in Buffalo Bayou Park, served to feed hungry people. That sculpture consisted of 450 label-less food cans plus can openers. Undoubtedly homeless people benefited most from this temporary sculpture created with heart.

Green Ribs by Susan Budge on the “Obstacle Art Path”

Green Ribs by Susan Budge on the “Obstacle Art Path”

Susan Budge

Susan Budge lives in Houston. She has had numerous exhibitions inside and outside of the United States. Her love of ceramics is evident. Her Green Ribs art piece is a good title for this sculpture.

Currently, she teaches ceramics at the Glassell School of Art, which is part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and at the Art League of Houston. She used to be the department head of ceramics at San Antonio College.

Susannah Mira

This inventive artist received her master’s degree in environmental art at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. As a devotee of the environment, Susannah Mira often uses discarded or unwanted items and transforms them into art.

I must admit that we missed seeing her sculpture titled “Safety Yellow,” the first time we drove down Heights Boulevard. My husband and I were trying to spot higher profile sculptures for this “Obstacle Art Path” for me to photograph. Little did we know at the time that we should be looking on the ground.

In this piece of art, about 1,600 plastic parts placed into patterns around and under trees define this sculpture. The 1700 block of Heights Boulevard is where you will find this bright yellow sculpture. It must have taken her some time to assemble this on site.

Learning of her love to protect the environment, I am sure that these precious pieces will become some other form of art in the future after this exhibit closes.

Sculpture occupies real space like we do... you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object.

— Chuck Close

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

— Pablo Picasso

Other Exhibits on Heights Boulevard

If you enjoyed this 5th annual Heights Boulevard sculpture exhibit, “Obstacle Art Path,” these are the names of the preceding ones. I have tried my best to photograph each of them as they occur.

  • “True North” was the 1st sculpture exhibit on Heights Boulevard.
  • “True South” was the 2nd Annual Show on Heights Boulevard.
  • "Trail of Art" was the 3rd Annual Show on Heights Boulevard.
  • "Heights Boulevard Art Trek Sculptures" was the 4th Annual Show.

I hope that these annual shows continue long into the future!


Fariba Abedin

Tommy Gregory

Adela Andea

Anthony Thompson Shumate

Susan Budge

Susannah Mira

John Ross Palmer

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.

© 2020 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

It is always so much fun to see the inventiveness of the artists in their sculptural works of art. I hope that this annual event continues long into the future.

Wishing you good health and safety in the days ahead.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 30, 2020:

There are several pieces of art here that I like. Great photos and information here as always. Posting this to AH &FB.

Stay safe, my friend. Hopefully the threatened violence for this election as it ends will not materialize . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2020:

Hi Nithya,

It is always interesting to see which are the favorites of people as more people get to view this post. So far it is a tie between three of them, including your favorite. Thanks for your comment.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 18, 2020:

I enjoyed reading and seeing the wonderful pictures of the sculptures. Each one is unique and fascinating but my favorite is “Safety Yellow” by Susannah Mira. Thank you for sharing this visual treat.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Those plastic parts on the sculpture you mentioned looked like they were pretty well embedded in the ground. While I did not walk on them, it would probably have been no more dangerous than walking on cobblestoned streets. The people who live in the area use the paths on either side of the boulevard to do their walking and running.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2020:

Hi Nell,

Those colors are bright on that Bit Coin sculpture. I do love how Houston embraces the arts.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 19, 2020:

I like the color and imagination. I am glad that I had your narrative to help explain a bit, else some would have completely thrown me. The safety yellow sculpture looks particularly unsafe for anyone who doesn’t know what it is and might step on it. I can see that. Hope they had signs or there were no unattended kids.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2020:

Hi Liz,

It is fun for me to record these sculptures and then look back at them. It is equally enjoyable to anticipate the new ones that will take their place. Thanks for your comment.

Nell Rose from England on April 18, 2020:

I love them all about from the bit coin one! hurts my eyes looking at it, lol! I do wish we had more sculpture over here in the parks but sadly we are pretty boring. Thanks for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 18, 2020:

You have given an interesting account and preserved these sculptures well in this article.

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