Wings Over Water
Artist: JOE O'CONNELL and CREATIVE MACHINES
Location: Avenida Plaza
"The connection between avian and human migration reflects our diverse population, but also the idea that people come to Houston from throughout the Americas and beyond," stated artist Joe O'Connell. Completed in 2016, Wings Over Water is a kinetic sculpture that stands 30 feet high and spans 70 feet wide. With a huge pool of water at its base, the structure includes massive wings made of stainless steel, aluminum and Stamisol fabric "feathers." The wings move in a smooth and natural motion - inviting viewers to spend a few minutes watching the mesmerizing movement of the undulating surfaces the fountain cycles through.
Soaring in The Clouds
Artist: ED WILSON
Location: GRB - Center atrium, Levels 1-3
A 67-foot mobile of bird and cloud forms made of perforated stainless steel, Soaring In the Clouds is suspended from the ceiling and dramatically lit by changing LED theater lights. More than 200 individual forms, each molded and shaped by hand using a pneumatic press designed by the artist, hang from cables on the ceiling and move with the airflow in the building. In 2015, Wilson was awarded a commission to produce a large-scale work of art as the centerpiece of the George R. Brown Convention Center’s major renovation.
Artist: REGINALD C. ADAMS, RHONDA RADFORD-ADAMS and AMY MALKAN
Location: GRB - Charging Station Level 2, South (Pictured: Power of the Port, created November 2004, located at 800 Clinton Drive, Houston)
Labyrinth, an ancient archetype for self-discovery, is the central theme of Adam’s installation. Creatia pays homage to the spirit of Houston as a dynamic, multi-cultural, urban metropolis and the anchor for space exploration in the U.S. Labyrinths of various designs and patterns are layered on each other like planets orbiting across the universe. Easily viewed from within the building, the mural imagery will engage the viewer on a visceral and cerebral level.
Artist: JOE AKER and TAMI MERRICK
Location: GRB - Welcome Entry, South
Skype Scape is a vibrant art installation conceived to celebrate Houston’s urban context, and economic, commercial and cultural diversity. The work promotes the George R. Brown Convention Center and Houston as a green, sustainable and livable city center with a brilliantly diversified future. A three-dimensional, geometric and photographic wall-mounted installation appears to float within a contrasting color-field background. Two sides of the forms are Houston photography emphasizing a distinct, directional color palette on either side. The forms have intermittent inserts that rhythmically dance via the gesture of viewers walking by the installation in either direction. A momentary pause offers a glimpse of geometric patterns.
Earth and Skyline
Artist: SHANE ALLBRITTON
Location: GRB - Welcome Entry Wall, North
Captured in this piece are images of Houston environments from multiple days, merging to create a singular gesture. Time-lapse techniques and digital manipulation are used to compose distinct moments that express the passage of time. At a distance the overall mural reflects a lively, vibrant impression of Houston's vertical elevations, from bayou images near the bottom, merging upwards into images of city life and nature, and further upward into the skyline. Upon closer inspection, the viewer will discover many details that give away specific locations.
Lifting Off, Houston
Location: GRB - L-Shaped Large Column, South
This is a tribute to Houston’s connection to the national space program. On a deeper level, the piece speaks of Houston’s diverse fabric as a city and community. The space shuttle represents the City of Houston. The people who live here are the thrust propelling it to new heights. The bright colors and patterns represent the diversity of the city in terms of the languages we speak, the many ethnicities of the residents and the variety of theater and the arts. There is a city beat that keeps things moving. All of these things are what make Houston a great city, a premier destination and drives all to shoot for the stars.
Artist: LORENA MORALES
Location: GRB - Charging Station, Level 2, North
Flight Plan is inspired by the movement migratory birds create when flying together in a wave pattern as observed from the ground. Likewise, Houston is a hub where the flight plans of people from different cultures, industries or professional backgrounds intersect. From there patterns of trade, commerce and human migration can be observed. This vantage point has launched Houston as the epicenter of the energy, medical and aerospace industries, and is home to many impossible achievements that span decades of innovation.
Artist: Angelbert Metoyer with 2016 Art Students from Texas Southern University: Raheem Bellard, Derrick Brown, Miguel Miranda, Prell Pickens, Robert Riojas and Bradley Ward
Location: GRB - Restaurant Mural Location, Hall B
For this special project, internationally recognized artist Angelbert Metoyer led a group of TSU students in the making of this mural. Recalling structures and other works of public art in the building and surrounding neighborhoods the mural pulses with energy supplied by Moondog and Sun-Ra whose rhythms were the soundtrack of its production.
Houston's Own Tall Forest
Artist: PAGE PILAND
Location: GRB - Charging Station, Level 3, Center
Piland’s assemblage is inset with Houston area indigenous woods that are shaped, cut and painted to reflect silhouettes of the city’s iconic tall buildings and nearby San Jacinto Monument. About half of the building silhouettes are actual cut-outs of wood planks inset into the canvas surface and attached to the canvas via back wood supports. The other wood shapes are painted trompe l’oeil style in oil onto the canvas. From afar, the viewer will not be able to determine which building is constructed from actual wood or which is painted to look like wood. The Houston skyline is one of the most memorable in the world. Visitors will recognize our beautiful forest of tall buildings, which are indicative of the city’s business success, and its center of ongoing pride and optimism.
Artist: RE:site STUDIO (Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee with Michael Gonzales of I/O Studio)
Location: Partnership Tower, Garage Elevator Lobby, Level 1
Featured in the city seal since 1840, the train image celebrates Houston's historical role as the largest railroad center and deep-water port combined in the South. Tying Time celebrates this history through the use of railroad ties as the substrate for a mural relief. Viewed from the side, the textural grain of the ties is revealed. The artists utilized digital design techniques to carve an image into railroad ties from a parametrically generated pattern translated from a historical photograph. The work connects past and present, using modern fabrication techniques on traditional, historically utilized materials.
Artist: BRITT THOMAS
Location: GRB - Restaurant Mural Location, Hall D
Metallographic Cosmos works within the themes of space exploration and discovery, as well as the oil and gas industry that characterizes Houston. Thomas utilized a Scanning Electron Microscope provided by Stress Engineering Services to create this piece. The microscope allowed her to zoom in on a particle that may be no larger than the tip of a pen and enlarge it up to 100,000 times its original size. While using the microscope for her job as a metallurgical photographer, she was awestruck by how planetary a few millimeter-sized welding spatter particles looked under the microscope. She instantly thought about how amazing it would be to create a “spacescape” out of the SEM photos. Thomas printed Metallographic Cosmos on digital wallpaper, a material that is used in commercial settings and touted for its durability.
The Brown is Green
Artist: BEN WOITENA
Location: GRB - L-Shaped Large Column, North
While acknowledging that Houston is a petroleum capital and national financial hub, it also has 49,643 total acres of park space, allocating 12.4 acres per 1,000 residents and providing living and migration areas for wildlife and plants. Taking the significance of green spaces into consideration, Woitena selected images based on the “Brown is Green” theme, placing wildlife and plants that inhabit Houston’s extensive recreational spaces into the expansive space of the convention center on what might appear to be a large-scale old photo album.
Artist: PABLO GIMENEZ-ZAPIOLA
Location: GRB - Charging Station, Level 2, Center
This artwork consists of three photographs from the project Night Trees. During Gimenez-Zapiola’s nightly walks, he usually carries a camera and photographs different characteristics of the neighborhood and surroundings. Illuminating the trees with a flashlight and isolating them from everything else revealed aspects never before realized. Perhaps night has the quality to reveal details that during the day are imperceptible. Seeing the trees in a situation of apparent rest, almost inert and beautiful, compelled Gimenez-Zapiola to acknowledge how alive the trees are and how important it is to protect nature. These photographs are dedicated to generating awareness in the community about that importance.