National Arts Drive: Buffalo Bayou Word Search
Join us Saturday, June 20, as we participate in the National Arts Drive Houston to showcase permanent art installations along Buffalo Bayou Park from Montrose Boulevard to Allen’s Landing. Beginning at the Tolerance sculptures on Allen Parkway, travel by car, bike, or foot along Buffalo Bayou to discover other works of art. Using words and letters found throughout the artwork, craft a caption to accompany a photo from your day. After your exploration, post your photo on Instagram with the caption and tag @buffalobayou for a chance to win a free ticket for a Cistern tour. (Your profile must be public to be eligible.)
For more information and to RSVP to the event, visit https://www.nationalartsdrive.com/drive.
Participating artworks include:
“Tolerance” by Jaume Plensa, 2011 (corner of Allen Parkway and Montrose Blvd)
At the base of the Rosemont Bridge are Jaume Plensa’s Tolerance sculptures. The human figures representing the world’s seven continents are composed of stainless steel alphabet letters from many languages. Resting on large boulders, the figures glow at night creating a constellation of beacons.
“Dream Boats” by John Runnels, 2014 (Sabine Street Bridge at Allen Parkway)
Elegant stainless steel boat sculptures, created by Houston artist John Runnels, serve as bayou landmarks, welcoming visitors to the park’s major entryways. Text-based artwork etched into the structures throughout the park highlight Buffalo Bayou’s and Houston’s history.
Ttweak Text Installations by David Thompson and Randy Twaddle, 1998 (corner of Commerce St and Main St, accessible by bike or on foot)
Created along The Wharf at Allen’s Landing, Houston’s founding place, this installation features text inspired by Houston’s history and origins as a port city.
Monumental Moments”” by Anthony Shumate, 2015 (6 locations along Buffalo Bayou Park, accessible by bike or on foot)
This series of six human-scale word sculptures are placed at ground level in unexpected areas along the bayou footpaths. The four-foot-tall sculptures engage their surroundings and encourage thoughtful reflection.