LOCATION: Bank of America Tower in downtown Houston, Texas
CLIENT AND COLLABORATORS: Skanska Development Corporation, Grace Zuninga Creative Director at Sawyer Yards
Rain is an installation of a large scale painted water body with glistening rain drops. It’s created from layers of paint and pure pigment on a 20’ x 12’ wall. Acrylic sculptures welded from mirrored acrylic sheet create three dimensional prismatic water beads.
The work was inspired by Houston’s dramatic rainstorms in the summer months. The work is made to be experienced from a variety of vantage points. The mirrored acrylic sculptures are multidimensional at different angles and seem to change shape when passing by. Viewed straight-on, the blue mirrors reflect back but with a blue overtone as if underwater.
Photography by Paul Hester
Project Type: Land Art Installation in collaboration with 45 musicians
Collaborators: Sydney Boyd, Brandon Bell, Doug Perkins, Kati Gullick, Claire Wagner
Partners: Moody Center for the Arts, Humanities Research Center at Rice University. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities
About the work: Hailed as “…the ultimate environmental piece” by The New York Times, Inuksuit is a concert-length (60-70’) work that brings musicians and community members together with the environment. The title refers to the Stonehenge-like markers used by the Inuit and other native peoples to orient themselves in Arctic spaces. Adams structured the rhythmic layers in the score to mimic these stone shapes, but undefined areas of the score also exist that allow individual interpretation of the music that reflects the sense of freedom conveyed in the work.
Scored for between nine and 99 percussionists playing drums, cymbals, gongs, glockenspiels, sirens, and a host of other instruments, the work creates a sonic landscape that surrounds the audience. Performers are widely dispersed and move throughout a large, open area. Audience members are encouraged to move freely around the performance area to discover their own individual listening points. The work is intended to expand our awareness of the never-ending music of the world in which we live, transforming seemingly vacant space into more fully experienced place.
About the composer: John Luther Adams (b. 1953) is one of America’s most-performed living composers. Having spent the majority of his adult life living in Alaska, his work is uniquely imbued with a heightened sense of eco-awareness. His orchestral work, Become Ocean, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Writing in The New Yorker, critic Alex Ross described John Luther Adams as "one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century."
Live in Rice's live oak grove: A performance of percussive 'Inuksuit'
PROJECT TYPE: Public Art
LOCATION: Emancipation Park, Houston TX
Concept development, design, project management, fabrication and installation
Climate Pulse is an environmental light sculpture that responds to changes in temperature and humidity. Powered by 2400 programmed LED lights, the sculpture emits a glow of color based on ambient temperature. At high humidity levels, the lights sparkle to warn of impending rain. The artwork is sited in Houston’s Emancipation Park through winter of 2018. Climate Pulse was designed as a parametric sculpture with responsive lighting integrated into the structure of 88 ribs. The ribs are joined together to span 12 feet.
Climate Pulse is a public art project with support from the Houston Arts Alliance and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.
Ross Wienert, Architectural Designer
Matt Felsen, Interactive Technologist
Mike Garman, Fabrication
Project Type: Public Art
East End Esplanade. Houston, Texas
With support from the Kaboom Foundation Play Everywhere Challenge.
Partners: East End Management District, Cultura East End, East End Farmer’s Market
Playshapes is a set of extra large building shapes for kids to construct their own imaginative playspaces. The project had its debut at the 2018 Annual Pinata Fest, a celebration of artful large scale pinatas made by local artists. The Playshapes colors were chosen based on the previous year’s award-winning Pinata. The playshapes made from high density foam and covered in waterproof material that’s durable for outdoor use. This project is funded by a grant from the Kaboom Foundation as part of the Play Everywhere Challenge and produced in partnership with the East End Foundation.
Esquina de Musica
PROJECT TYPE: Public Art, Community Playground
LOCATION: BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Community Center, Houston Texas
Concept development, project management, custom interactive sculpture design, site design, construction administration
SIZE: 3,000 square feet
Esquina de Musica is an interactive musical sculpture playground for kids at the Leonel Castillo Community Center in Houston, Texas. The playable instruments are custom created for the project.
Partnerships: Open Architecture Houston, BakerRipley, Greater Northside Management District
PROJECT TYPE: Public Art, Urban Plaza Design
LOCATION: Baltimore, Maryland
Concept design, invited proposal as short-listed artist team for Baltimore's Public Art-in-Transit Red Line Project
The project combines large, brightly lit iconic symbols with colorful walkways leading transit users from the Red Line station mezzanine towards their neighborhood’s most significant sites. The inspiration for Poppleton Paths came from our experience walking the neighborhood and seeing embedded footprints and handwriting in patched and newly-poured concrete sidewalks. Deliberately made by residents over the decades, the acts of physically marking the ground traces personal histories of place. It is with that intention that we want to represent the movement of people from the Poppleton station to meaningful neighborhood locations.
Poppleton Paths is a visually striking, walkable map that accomplishes three goals: embraces community-based symbolism, highlights pedestrian movement through color and references the local watershed with integrated drainage structures.
Periscope Central Avenue
Project Type: Public Art, Percent for Art Commission, work in progress. To be constructed in 2018
Services Provided: Art Concept Design through Installation Drawings, Community Engagement Process, and Collaboration with local fabricators during Installation
Collaborator: Graham Coreil-Allen of Graham Projects LLC
Location: Baltimore, MD
Project Partners: Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Baltimore City Department of Transportation, Fluora Teeter Landscape Architects
Baltimore City’s Central Avenue Streetscape project encompasses major improvements running from Baltimore to Lancaster Streets. Falon-Graham-Land-Art (FGLA) was selected as the winning artist team to work with the Department of Transportation, Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts to incorporate a public art project into the Central Avenue corridor.
To the Central Avenue Streetscape project, FGLA brings creative vision and public space experience, an ability to listen to and work with constituents, and local sensitivity to history, the environment and public space potential. Falon designs landscapes and public artwork rooted in local ecology and culture. Graham Coreil-Allen works on numerous socially-engaged projects that activate public spaces. Together, Mihalic and Coreil-Allen will develop a project that will be inclusive of local communities and their deep historical heritages, contribute to ecological awareness, and foster a strong visual and spatial experience for Central Avenue participants.
Previously, FGLA was a national finalist in the Baltimore Red Line Art-in-Transit Public Art competition to integrate public art into the Poppleton Station transit plaza. Combining our local insight with international experience, FGLA is committed to improving Baltimore through public art placemaking, built environment know-how, green-practice expertise, and playful pedestrian design.
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PROJECT TYPE: Public Art
LOCATION: Barrington, Rhode Island
Concept development, fabrication and installation
SIZE: 2,000 square feet
Compost Grove was a temporary land art/ site-specific landscape installation on the RISD Farm. The work was supported by a grant from the Graduate Studies Department of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Bayou Meander is a public art commission inside the Yoga Studio of the largest rock climbing gym- Momentum Fitness at Silver Street. The artwork is painted on a steel beam that spans the room forty feet across. A layering of oil and enamel based paint create an atmospheric flowing of water, with hand painted aluminum mesh sculpted in place and brush strokes that emulate water rushing. The result is a site specific public artwork viewable by yoga students and rock climbing visitors.
PROJECT TYPE: Public Art Installation
LOCATION: Houston, Texas
SERVICES PROVIDED: Concept development, Art Direction, Studio fabrication and install, graphic design, radical cartography, public programming
Color Clouds is a site specific public art installation that celebrates the unique skyscape over Houston. Made of polychrome mesh, the installation is inspired by the changing colors of storm clouds in Houston during the summer.
Color Clouds is part of my continuing development of immersive, colorful landscape spaces that reference local phenomena. I'm astonished by the deep blue that builds on the underside of thunderhead clouds as storms push over the city from the Gulf of Mexico. Late afternoon sunlight catches the upper wisps of these clouds and they reflect creamy pink and bright purple tones. As a public project, the installation serves as a gateway into the experience of cloudgazing in the city. #HouClouds
PROJECT TYPE: Land Art Installation, Environmental Site Art
LOCATION: Morrison Springs, Ponce De Leon, Florida
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A temporary installation made out of pink string, Swamp Lines creates a datum line for looking into the buttressed Cypress and Tupelo tree trunks beyond. The string was temporarily wrapped around three Nyssa aquatica (Water Tupelo) trees along the swamp margin of a natural aquifer spring. Looking through the string datum reveals the marked water levels on the trunks of the spring margin trees where they are exposed to varying levels of water inundation.
PROJECT TYPE: Land Art Installation, Environmental Site Art
LOCATION: Santa Rosa Island, Florida
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A temporary land art installation that uses hand-dyed Sisal to mark the outlines of a dry dune pond. Dune Drawings lays down linework by repeatedly wrapping the natural fibers of hand-dyed sisal rope around the gradient of silt deposits in the sand. Marking the silt deposits shows the varying levels of water inundation as the dune lake fills with water and dries up over time.
An essay and images about this project are published in Issue 05 of Ground Up Journal, a University of California- Berkeley publication by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. You can purchase a copy here.