“Art” Stuff, 2013-2019


Moon by Luke Jerram – View of the far side of the moon. This 23 foot replica of the moon is currently at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The British installation artist, Luke Jerram, created this sculpture using detailed NASA imagery of the moon’s surface and projection mapping. The exhibit is at the museum until the beginning of August. The internally lit sculpture has been touring the world – See Link.

Here is the view of the moon that we see from earth

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Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern: Spatial Chromointerference

Cruz-Diez who is considered one of the fathers of Kinetic and Optical art was commissioned to create this site specific participatory work in the Houston cistern. The artist is 96 years old. Twenty six projectors blanket moving light onto the interior cistern columns. The light also projects onto white floating blocks and visiting people. The display continues through Feb 3rd.

See other photos  of the Cistern further down in this post. Although the current display was enjoyable, I think I preferred “Rain” by Venezuelan artist Madgalena Fernández in 2017. The addition of sound in that display in the cistern was more appealing.

The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern in Houston was built in 1926 to store water for Houston and has been used for decades. The cistern developed a leak around 2007 and was taken out of service. People who visited the nearly empty cistern recognized what a remarkable space it was and managed to preserve it for viewing. Tours are available.  Jan 2019

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A series of 22 illuminated spheres transformed Discovery Green in Houston into a magical moonscape. The spheres ranged in size from six to 30 feet in diameter. Eleven of the spheres had shadow “theaters”  that told the diverse, dynamic story of Houston and Discovery Green, as well as interactive works that allowed visitors to become part of the experience. Mellow “moon music” was playing around the spheres. The display was created by Lucion Traveling Light of Montreal and was the largest they have created. The night that we visited there were many people enjoying the moonGARDEN. The display ended Sunday, Oct 7th, 2018.

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a mandala sand painting August 16-19 at Asia Society Texas Center in Houston. It was mesmerizing to watch. This artistic tradition of Tantric Buddhism paints with colored sand. Millions of grains of sand were meticulously placed on a flat platform over a period of days to form the image of a mandala. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning sacred cosmogram. The sand granules are applied onto a sketch made by the monks by using small, copper funnels (tubes) and scrapers (chak-pur in Tibetan) that vibrate the sand out of the funnel. In general, all mandalas are said to have outer, inner, and secret meanings. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into enlightened mind; and on the secret level they depict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear-light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to effect purification and healing on these three levels. After the creation of the mandala is complete, the entire work is dismantled, every grain of sand tossed into the ocean. In the dissolution ceremony at the close of the mandala’s creation, a blessing is recited as the sand grains are offered up to the sea. – IMG_82810_Mandala_AsiaSociety

Big Bambu: This Thing Called Life, Jun 27, 2018

An immersive art work by Mike and Doug Starn was constructed out of about 3000 pieces of bamboo.  Doug and Mark along with 12 rock climbers built this structure with a bamboo bridge into the tangled art work to allow you to cross over in and down into the structure.  Per the artists this structure represents the invisible architecture of life. The bamboo came form a farm in Dudley, GA.   Similar exhibits by the artists have been constructed in Rome, Naoshima Japan, Jerusalem, and Copenhagen. It is a fun structure to explore!  It is available to experience at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts until Sept 3, 2018.   Two more photos of Big Bambu follow:

Big Bambu: This Thing Called Life, Jun 27, 2018

Island Universe by Josiah McElheny, May 17, 2018

Josiah McElheny’s Island Universe is “a monumental installation of five sculptures inspired by the multiverse scenario of eternal inflation, an extension of the big bang theory. Made of chromed metal, transparent handblown glass, and light, the structures are modeled on an iconic midcentury design object: the chandeliers of the Metropolitan Opera in New York made by J. & L. Lobmeyr in Vienna in 1965.” The exhibit is on display at the Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University.

Flowers and People: Exhibit at Rice Univ, Oct 24, 2017

Karin is enjoying the exhibit at the Moody Center of the Arts at Rice University in Houston. The exhibit is titled: ”Flowers and People – Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Hour” by Teamlab. The dark room with carpet on the floor and walls have animated projections of the life cycle of flowers, budding, blooming, and fading. The exhibit is free and will be available through Dec 30. – Img 1038 Flowers People

Pixel Forest at Houston Museum of Art, Sept 2017

Karin is sitting enjoying the ”Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish” art exhibit by Pipilotti Rist at the Houston Museum of Art. Plastic ”globs” are suspended from the ceiling with LED lights that change color. The exhibit was mesmerizing to look at. – Img 60913b Pixelforest Mfa

Light Inside by Turrell, Sept 2017

Between two of the Houston Museum of Art buildings is a tunnel with an exhibit by James Turrell titled ”Light Inside”. You walk through the art exhibit on a black platform where the walls slowly cycle from red to purple then to blue. In the mid-1960s James Turrell pioneered a new art with the phenomena of space and light, often referred to as the Light & Space Movement – ”painting with light”. – Img 70841 Turrell Mfa

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Apr 29, 2017

The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern in Houston was built in 1927 to store water for Houston and has been used for decades. The cistern developed a leak around 2007 and was taken out of service. People who visited the nearly empty cistern recognized what a remarkable space it was and managed to preserve it for viewing. Tours are available. – Img 63656 Houcistren

The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Apr 29, 2017

This shot of the cistern utilizes a powerful light towards the ceiling to bring out the reflection in the water at the bottom. – Img 63672 Houcistren

Rain by Madgalena Fernandez – Houston Cistern

”Rain” is an abstract video piece by Venezuelan artist Madgalena Fernández projected onto the 221 concrete columns of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern in Houston. Percussion sounds like rain are coordinated with the light show. It sounds like a rain storm starting, peaking, and ending. This was a separate tour and only available through June 4th – Img 62854 Houcistern Madgalena Fernandez Rain

Kusama: Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, Sep 10, 2016

We visited an exhibit of Japanese artist Kusama at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The exhibit was an ”infinity room” – a small room with mirrors on all sides and the ceiling and a layer of water on the floor with a platform you stood on. The reflections of the hanging lanterns was quite visual. You can also see my reflection as I took the photo and Karin beside me. – Img 61469 Kusama Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity

Chihuly Mille Fiori, August 21, 2016

The Chihuly Garden of Glass in Seattle is an exhibit of the famed glass artist, Dale Chuhuly. ”Mille Fiori” (a thousand flowers) is a ”garden” on a reflective black plastic platform in a dark room with lights on the organic looking glass forms. To give perspective, the red and yellow vertical structure in the back is about 15-18 feet tall. – Img 60258 Chihuly Millefiori

Chihuly Ikebana and Float Boat, August 21, 2016

Full size boats are filled with colored spheres and other glass shapes – Img 60275 Chihuly Ikebana Andfloatboat

Intersections and Karin, Nov 20, 2015

”Intersections” by Anila Quayyum Agha (Pakistani-American artist) at the Rice Gallery on the Rice University campus. A light inside a suspended cube of laser-cut wood casts geometric shadows on the gallery walls. The pattern was inspired by the Islamic tile designs inside the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain (a UNESCO World Heritage site). – Iphone image – Img 51305i Anilaquayyum – Link to article on the Rice exhibit and a video about the exhibit and artist: http://www.ricegallery.org/anila-agha/

Intersections, Nov 20, 2015

”Intersections” by Anila Quayyum Agha (Pakistani-American artist) at the Rice Gallery on the Rice University campus. A light inside a cube of laser-cut wood casts geometric shadows on the gallery walls. The dark cube looks to be about 6 feet on each side. iPhone shot – Img 51299i Anilaquayyum

Giverny by Mark Fox, Nov 20, 2015

This photo is a still shot of one of 5 panels of video that New York artist Mark Fox captured from underwater at Monet’s lily pond in Giverny, France. The videos from the underwater perspective have an impressionist style not unlike the paintings of Monet from above the surface of the lily pond. You can just make out the bottom of a lily pad in the upper right hand corner. The 5 videos are played in a continuous ~20 minute loop, side by side and mesmerize you. The exhibit is at the Hiram Butler Gallery in Houston until Nov 28th, 2015 – iPhone shot – Img 51291i Giverney Mfox Link to Houston Chronicle article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/arts-theater/article/Beneath-the-surface-with-Monet-6587252.php#photo-8840832

Happy Valentine’s Day 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day! This an example of the photographic “technique” called Bokeh Effect where the background is out of focus and can be shaped by a pattern placed on the camera lens – IGM46570

Karin in Houston Penetrable, June 20, 2014

“Houston Penetrable” by Venezuelan artist Jesus Rafael Soto is on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) through Sept 1st. The exhibit is 24,000 tubes hung from the ceiling with an image of a large yellow “orb” created by color applied to the tubes. 8+ million inches of tubing – 7 tons. You can walk through and be emersed in the exhibit as Karin is doing. The exhibit was commissioned by MFAH in 2004 and Soto passed away before his concept was completed. Img 0661

Vortex – June 7, 2014

Interesting echo sounds inside Richard Serra’s Vortex, a 67-foot-tall rusted steel sculpture outside the Modern Art Museum Fort Worth – Img 40500

Fort Worth Japanese Gardens – June 8, 2014

Fort Worth Japanese Gardens are part of the Fort Worth Arboretum. The Gardens was the site of a gravel pit – Img 40406

Fort Worth Watergardens – June 7, 2014

Steve and Randy at the bottom of the Active Pool of the Fort Worth Water Gardens. This site was also used in the Sci-Fi movies Logan’s Run and Lathe of Heaven – Img 40282

Fort Worth Watergardens – June 7, 2014

The Aeration Pool of the Fort Worth Water Gardens – Img 40303

Dallas Skyline – June 5, 2014

The glass Fountain Place building in Dallas as taken from the Nasher Sculpture Gardens – Img 40067

Dallas Fountain Place – June 5, 2014

Dancing fountains below the Fountain Place building in Dallas – Img 40146

Dallas Fountain Place – June 5, 2014

Karin at the upper right corner sitting among the dancing fountains below the Fountain Place building in Dallas – Img 40136

Centre Dome of Miracoco – March 17, 2014

Centre Dome of Miracoco. Miracoco is inflatable “art” you can walk through from Architects-of-Air (England) inspired by Islamic architecture. Located at Discovery Green until March 23rd – Img 38434

Miracoco Red Dome – March 17, 2014

Red dome of Miracoco. Miracoco is inflatable “art” you can walk through from Architects-of-Air (England) inspired by Islamic architecture. Located at Discovery Green until March 23rd – Img 38387

Miracoco – March 17, 2014

Miracoco is inflatable “art” you can walk through from Architects-of-Air (England) inspired by Islamic architecture. Located at Discovery Green until March 23rd – Img 38362

Sean and “Tree” of Miracoco, March 17, 2014

Tree of Miracoco. Miracoco is inflatable “art” you can walk through from Architects-of-Air (England) inspired by Islamic architecture. Located at Discovery Green until March 23rd – Img 38337

Blue Dome of Miracoco – March 17, 2014

Blue Dome of Miracoco. Miracoco is inflatable “art” you can walk through from Architects-of-Air (England) inspired by Islamic architecture. Located at Discovery Green until March 23rd – Img 38311

Centre Dome of Miracoco – March 17, 2014

Centre Dome of Miracoco. Miracoco is inflatable ”art” you can walk through from Architects-of-Air (England) inspired by Islamic architecture. Located at Discovery Green until March 23rd – Img 38307

Outside Miracoco – March 17, 2014

Miracoco From the outside at Discovery Green. Miracoco is inflatable “art” you can walk through from Architects-of-Air (England) inspired by Islamic architecture. Located at Discovery Green until March 23rd – Img 38276

Unwoven Light – Soo Sunny Park, July 29, 2013

Unwoven Light – Sculpture by Soo Sunny Park at the Rice Gallery at Rice University until Aug 30th). Suspended and contorted chain link fence segments with iridescent coated plexiglass squares illuminated by natural light – Img 34204b

Child’s Wonder – Exxopolis – May 1, 2013

Exxopolis – Discovery Square Houston – Img 32631 – Exxopolis is a sculpture that people enter to be immersed in light and color created by the sun shining through colored plastic in an inflated series of spaces. The sculpture was created by Architects of Air in Nottingham, England

Exxopolis Tree – May 1, 2013

Exxopolis – Discovery Square Houston – Img 32643

Exxopolis – Cupola – May 1, 2013

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Exxopolis – Green Dome – May 1, 2013

Exxopolis – Discovery Square Houston – Img 32495

Exxopolis – Karin’s meditation

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Exxopolis Blue Dome – May 1, 2013

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3 comments

  1. Wow. Nice photo and art. Even in Houston! (“Centre Dome of Miracoco – March 17, 2014” photo)

  2. Now this is cool! I’m going to see it! (“Karin in Houston Penetrable, June 20, 2014” photo)

  3. Very spooky (“Intersections and Karin, Nov 20, 2015” photo)

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