Houston Sculptures – 3 Different Red Painted Steel Ones!
There are so many sculptures on display in our fine city and the metropolitan area of Houston that it would take some dedicated effort to photograph and display them all in one place. Today I am featuring just three of them. What they have in common as can easily be seen in the photo shown above is that they are all red in color. Each of them is also fashioned out of steel.
One of them is located in downtown Houston while the other two are in parks.
To read much more about the artist Claes Oldenburg and be able to view several videos showing more of his art, be sure to click on the highlighted link above.
Are you familiar with pop art? It was in the 1950s when pop art suddenly became popular. Claes Oldenburg is one of many artists influenced by the pop art movement.
Mr. Oldenburg has created many whimsical sculptures and has quite often used a mouse theme. This is one of the largest sculptures ones he has created. It certainly adds some eye popping color to our downtown landscape!
If you are in Houston and wish to view this sculpture in person head on over to the downtown public library. Put on your walking shoes. The buildings on this Houston Public Library campus take up an entire city block!
Camp Logan was the original name of Memorial Park and is where this monumental sculpture titled Three Quarter Time is located. Camp Logan was one of the places where soldiers were being taught skills prior to entering World War I. Memorial Park (named in their honor) is now a vast playground for people living in Houston as well as visitors to our city.
Memorial Drive bisects this massive park. People can be spotted at all times of the day walking and jogging along the many paths bordering this street. Often dogs on leashes are seen accompanying their owners. It is a great gathering spot for like minded people who wish to exercise or simply absorb some of the beauty of nature.
Memorial Park is one of the larger parks inside of our city limits in which people play golf and other sports, walk through the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, swim and enjoy many other amenities.
The artist Ben Woitena has lived and created art in Houston for many years. He has worked at our Museum of Fine Arts as well as teaching students at the Glassell School of Art. To learn more about him and the work he creates as well as more about Memorial Park, click on the highlighted link.
This amazing sculpture created by Mac Whitney was installed in Stude Park along White Oak Bayou. A long hiking and biking path that is continuous for just over seven miles goes right past this artful creation. The fifty foot tall three dimensional image can be spotted from people in vehicles traveling on Interstate 10 (also called the Katy Freeway) heading west from downtown Houston.
Stude Park also contains a community center. Downtown buildings can be seen from this park. To see more of the art in Stude Park plus learn about the artist Mac Whitney click on the link above.
I hope you enjoyed this brief look at three different modern steel sculptures which are all painted red. We are fortunate to have them gracing some of our public spaces here in Houston. Maps are included in each of the three highlighted links for you to easily find the sculptures.