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“Obstacle Art Path” is 5th Annual Heights Blvd. Sculpture Show

Sculpture #3, Where Art Meets Science by Fariba Abedin
Posted: October 19, 2018 at 6:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

5th Annual Heights Boulevard Sculpture Show

“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.

Sculpture #3, Where Art Meets Science by Fariba Abedin

Sculpture #3, Where Art Meets Science by Fariba Abedin

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.

Made for You and Me by Tommy Gregory

Made for You and Me by Tommy Gregory

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. He currently oversees art exhibits and projects for the City of Houston airports which include Bush Intercontinental, Hobby, and Ellington Airports.

Detail of Made for You and Me by Tommy Gregory

Detail of Made for You and Me by Tommy Gregory

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

Glacier Parallax by Adela Andea

Glacier Parallax by Adela Andea

Adela Andea

Do you see a melting glacier when looking at this sculpture? Adela Andea viewed glaciers which 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.

Another View of Glacier Parallax by Adela Andea

Another View of Glacier Parallax by Adela Andea

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!

Blood Relations by Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw

Blood Relations by Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw

Blood Relations by Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw

Blood Relations by Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw

Closeup photo of Blood Relations by Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw

Closeup photo of Blood Relations by Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw

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 amazing. 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 gigantic 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.

Heights Frame (2018) by John Ross Palmer

Heights Frame (2018) by John Ross Palmer

Heights Frame (2018) by John Ross Palmer

Heights Frame (2018) by John Ross Palmer

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 pieces 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.

The Original Bit-Coin by Anthony Thompson Shumate

The Original Bit-Coin by Anthony Thompson Shumate

The Original Bit-Coin by Anthony Thompson Shumate

The Original Bit-Coin by Anthony Thompson Shumate

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. You can read more about it here.  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

Green Ribs by Susan Budge

Susan Budge

Susan Budge lives in Houston. She has had numerous exhibitions inside and outside of the United States. Her love of ceramics is obvious. 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.

"Safety Yellow" by Susannah Mira

“Safety Yellow” by Susannah Mira

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.

"Safety Yellow" by Susannah Mira

“Safety Yellow” by Susannah Mira

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 latest exhibit for me to photograph. Little did we know at the time that we should be looking on the ground.

Closeup of "Safety Yellow" by Susannah Mira

Closeup of “Safety Yellow” by Susannah Mira

In this piece of art, about 1,600 plastic pieces 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 very pieces will become some other form of art in the future after this exhibit closes.

If you enjoyed this 5th annual Heights Boulevard sculpture exhibit, you might wish to see the ones preceding this. Click on the links below.

“True North” was the 1st sculpture exhibit on Heights Boulevard.

“True South” was the 2nd Annual Show on Heights Boulevard.

Trail of Art, 3rd Annual Show on Heights Boulevard

Heights Boulevard Art Trek Sculptures 4th Annual Show

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