Time No Longer in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is on view to the public from March 12 to December 12, 2021. Tickets are on sale now.
A newly commissioned artwork for the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern by multimedia artist Anri Sala (b. 1974 Tirana, Albania), Time No Longer offers an immersive, other-worldly experience of film and sound within this vast, subterranean reservoir on the edge of downtown Houston.
- Monday – Thursday at 10am, 11:30am, 1:30am, 3:30am, 5pm
- Fridays and Sundays at 10am, 11:30am, 1:30am, 3:30am, 5pm, 6pm
- Saturdays at 11:30am, 1:30am, 3:30am, 5pm, 6pm
- $12 / adult
- $8 / seniors (65+), youth (9-17) and students (18+ with valid ID)
- Free on Thursdays, but reservations are still required.
Time No Longer incorporates a film projected onto a massive translucent screen, depicting a weathered turntable floating in a space station, tethered only by its electric cord. The soundscape is a new arrangement of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, written while the French composer was incarcerated in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany during the Second World War. This arrangement, composed in collaboration with André Vida and Olivier Goinard, also references another remarkable musical event: in 1986 Ronald McNair, one of the world’s first Black astronauts to reach space, had planned to play and record a saxophone solo on board the Space Shuttle Challenger. This would have been the first original piece of music recorded in space, had not that journey been suddenly and tragically curtailed.