Public Art along Buffalo Bayou
by Henry Moore, 1979
Located on a prominent knoll in Eleanor Tinsley Park is British sculptor Henry Moore’s Spindle piece. The cast bronze abstract sculpture was originally part of the artist’s Spindle series placed in London’s Hyde Park. View the location.
The Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain
Affectionately known as the “Dandelion,” the Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain’s brass starburst of pipes sprays joggers, cyclists, and dog walkers offering a cool respite from the Houston heat. The setting has been enhanced with a semi-circular grove of trees shading benches, site lighting, and open-air shelters surrounded by lush native perennial gardens. Please note that dogs are not permitted in the fountain. View the location.
by Mel Chin, 1998
Flanking the park’s promenade and Preston Street Bridge, the 70-foot tall pillars highlight Houston’s history through the themes of agriculture, energy, manufacturing, medicine, philanthropy, technology and transportation. Each column is constructed of 150 individual children’s drawings, etched in stainless steel plate. View the location.
Monumental Moments by Anthony Shumate, 2015
Monumental Moments is a series of 6 four-foot-tall sculptures crafted from 4” high density polyethylene, a material used in marine dock bumpers. The single word thoughts – Explore, Pause, Reflect, Listen, Emerge, and Observe – are placed at ground-level in unexpected areas along the bayou-side asphalt Kinder Footpaths.
Lunar Cycle Lighting
Designed by L’Observatoire and Stephen Korns, Buffalo Bayou’s signature lighting transitions from white to blue as the moon waxes and wanes.
by Jaume Plensa, 2011
At the base of the Rosemont Bridge on Allen Parkway and Montrose are 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. View the location.
by Linnea Glatt and Francis Thompson, 1990
This 28’ x 28’ art piece is constructed of galvanized steel set in a concrete slab. It takes the form of a house but is completely open to the elements and viewing from all sides. The seating and visual images highlight issues of human rights, freedom of expression, and historic and contemporary concerns. View the location.
Stainless Steel Canoes by John Runnels
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.
Open Channel Flow
by Matthew Gellar, 2009Open Channel Flow
, a sculpture by New York-based artist Matthew Geller, features a public outdoor shower activated by a hand pump. The nearby Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark ensures that a steady flow of skaters and passersby will indulge in a refreshing spritz on Houston’s infamously humid afternoons. View the location.
by Dean Ruck, 1998
After reviewing Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s master plan for increasing aeration in the bayou, Dean Ruck conceived the Big Bubble and won a national competition for projects to be included in Sesquicentennial Park. Visitors can see (and hear) the “Big Bubble” by walking over to Preston Street Bridge and pressing a red, unlabeled button located on a pillar facing southeast. View the location.
James A. Baker Monument by Chas Fagan, 2010
Serving as our nation’s 61st Secretary of State, James A. Baker III led the U.S. in foreign affairs during a pivotal time in history – the end of the Cold War. Baker, a Marine Corps veteran and partner at the law firm Baker Botts, served in three presidential administrations as Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State and twice as White House Chief of Staff. This statue by Chas Fagan was dedicated in October 2010. View the location.
George Bush Monument by Chas Fagan & Wei-li “Willy” Wang, 2004
The George Bush Monument, a tribute to the 41st American president, was unveiled to the public in 2004. The exhibit features an eight-foot bronze sculpture by Chas Fagan of the former president and a semicircular wall consisting of four bas-reliefs by Houston artist Wei-li “Willy” Wang that depict President Bush in various stages of his life—President Bush as a Navy pilot in World War II, as a Houston oilman and member of Congress, with Mikhail Gorbachev in managing the peaceful end of the Cold War, and with wife Barbara attending the Inaugural of their oldest son as 43rd president. View the location.
It Wasn’t a Dream, It was a Flood by John Runnels, 2014
Serving as a major entry point to the bayou at Crosby Outfall, this 20-foot stainless steel canoe sculpture by John Runnels is supported by two stainless steel trees. It resembles 10 other canoe sculptures located at various eastward bayou access points.
by Donald Lipski, 2015
Through Down Periscope, visitors can peer into the 87,500-square-foot Cistern, a former drinking water reservoir renovated by BBP. Housed in a jasmine-covered stainless steel arbor atop The Brown Foundation Lawn, Down Periscope can also be accessed online from anywhere in the world at houstonperiscope.com.
View the location here.
The Houston Police Officers Memorial by Jesus Bautista Moroles
The Houston Police Officers Memorial is a public recognition of the sacrifices made by police officers as they carry out their duties and, in particular, those who have died in the line of duty. It is the location of an annual procession and wreath-laying ceremony honoring them. The memorial is laid out in the form of a 120’ by 120’ Greek cross with a stepped pyramid in the middle. A reflecting pool is surrounded by pink granite slabs incised with the names of over one hundred fallen police officers. Officers voluntarily guard the monument all day and night. View the location.
Temporary Art on View
WE ARE THE ASTEROID III
On display through September 8, 2019
Now located at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park (105 Sabine Street).
WE ARE THE ASTEROID III is a conceptual artwork by Brooklyn-based artist Justin Brice Guariglia. One of a series, the repurposed highway sign features text by Rice University professor Timothy Morton. Instead of alerting viewers to road conditions, the solar-powered LED message board features aphorisms in the form of poetry, metaphor and humor, calling attention to ecological issues and prompting conversations about today’s planetary crisis.
WE ARE THE ASTEROID III is presented by Buffalo Bayou Partnership