James Surls Sculpture in Houston
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James Surls Sculpture
The James Surls Sculpture titled “Tree and Three Flowers” is just south of Westheimer Road. That address is 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!
Special Commission Sculpture
The Upper Kirby District Foundation commissioned this particular sculptural piece of art and have the money to also 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. Approximately 50,000 vehicles a day pass by this three-dimensional artistic shape which rises 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.
Artist 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 came from Loveland, Colorado. A very active bronze sculpture building community exists there, and the town is filled to the brim with public art in their parks and other places.
Also, according to her account, Santa Fe, New Mexico was the location where the petals made of steel originated. Click here to see the oldest church in all of the United States as well as a house dating back to 1541. Santa Fe is another place where many artists seem to assemble and create art.
“Tree and Three Flowers”
The organic shape of this “Tree and Three Flowers” sculpture is readily appreciated whether viewed up close or from a distance.
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 exciting home life given both of their artistic bents.