James Surls Sculpture “Tree and Three Flowers” Houston
The James Surls Sculpture titled “Tree and Three Flowers” can be found just south of Westheimer Road at 2727 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77098.
The Surls sculpture is another example of the beautiful representation of public art seen in so many places in and around the Houston Metro Area. It certainly adds to the beauty of our fair city!
This particular sculptural piece of art was commissioned by the Upper Kirby District Foundation. Monies have also been set aside to maintain this bronze and stainless steel beauty.
Positioned on an esplanade of a busy street with commercial buildings surrounding this sculpture, many people each day get to see and enjoy it. It has been reported that approximately 50,000 vehicles a day pass by this three dimensional artistic shape which rises up to a height of 38 feet from its base.
People in offices which rise high above it can also look down upon this artistic embodiment representing tree branches and flowers in a vase.
James Surls is a well known modernist artist born in Texas and now living in Carbondale, Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. His Master of Fine Arts degree came from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. A former professor at the University of Houston, James Surls founded the Lawndale Art Center here.
I found it interesting to read from author Kathy M. Slaughter that the bronze vase-like base was made using a foundry in Loveland, Colorado. A very active bronze sculpture making community exists there and the town is filled to the brim with public art. Click here to see numerous photos of those bronze sculptures gracing local parks.
Also according to her account Santa Fe, New Mexico was the location where the petals made of steel were made. Click here to see the oldest church as well as the oldest house in all of the United States located there. Santa Fe is another place where many artists seem to congregate and create art.
The organic shape of this “Tree and Three Flowers” sculpture is readily appreciated whether viewed up close or from a distance.
More of James Surls public art sculptures can be viewed in Houston including two on the Rice University campus. Click on this link to see them.
To see Mr. Surls speak and to see some of the thoughts that go into his drawings, click here. His wife Charmaine Locke is also an artist. They must have an interesting home life given both of their artistic bents.