Public Art along Buffalo Bayou


On View Now

Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales

On view through April 23, 2021 in the Fondren Foundation Meadow (Allen Parkway at Gillette Street)

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Explore the larger-than-life shapes of Estructuras Monumentales, an exhibition of outdoor sculptures by the 105-year-old artist Carmen Herrera (b. 1915, Havana, Cuba).  

Estructuras Monumentales is co-presented with New York’s Public Art Fund. Leadership support for Estructuras Monumentales in Houston provided by Erika and John Toussaint. Benefactor support provided by Farrell Family Foundation and Susan and Leonard Feinstein, with additional funding from an Anonymous Donor, Tony Bechara, Leslie and Brad Bucher, and Lisson Gallery. Buffalo Bayou Partnership is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Photo credit:
Carmen Herrera, Untitled Estructura (Red), 1962/2018, Acrylic and aluminum, 96 x 128 3/8 x 45 7/8 in.
Pavanne, 1967/2017, Acrylic and aluminum, 108 x 108 x 72 in.
© Carmen Herrera; , On view as part of Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales, presented by Public Art Fund and Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Photo: Paul Hester

Upcoming Projects

Time No Longer by Anri Sala

Location: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

On view March 12 – December 12, 2021

Time No Longer is a newly commissioned artwork for the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern by the internationally-renowned multi-media artist, Anri Sala.  This immersive film and sound installation will occupy the Cistern for a period of nine months, transporting visitors into an other-worldly environment within this vast, subterranean reservoir. Time No Longer will incorporate film projected onto a massive translucent screen with a soundtrack emanating throughout the space, its reverberations creating ripples on the surface of the water. Visitors will encounter the work in 360 degrees by making their way around the full perimeter of the 87,500-square-foot Cistern, hearing, feeling, and watching it through the Cistern’s 221 supporting columns.

The film depicts a weathered turntable floating in a space station. The turntable is tethered only by its electric cord, which allows it to keep playing 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. The new 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.


Past Projects


Permanent Art

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance


Deeper Dive with BBP: Public Art

BBP’s VP of External Affairs, Karen Farber, and Board Member and Public Art and Programming Committee Co-Chair Judy Nyquist walk you through the impactful, engaging, and thoughtful temporary and permanent public art along the 10-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin.


Confluence: An Artful Evening

Originally created for and presented at the 2011 Buffalo Bayou Partnership Gala