Preston St. was closed down Saturday afternoon between Travis and Milam, as hundreds of people showed up to Market Square to paint the reclaimed strips of wood that will compose Patrick Renner’s upcoming Trumpet Flower installation. The sculpture is designed to loom 60 feet above the space between One City Centre and its parking garage downtown (off Main St. Square and Fannin, between Lamar and McKinney).
Renner, of far-more-horizontal Funnel Tunnel fame, is slated to install the towering cone by the end of March, as part of the Art Blocks project planned to jazz up Main Street Square leading up to the 2017 Superbowl. The tip of the structure will stretch down from the top of the garage and flare out into a furnished canopy shelter at street level. A tiny model of the installation was on display at a side table during the painting free-for-all:
Participants were asked to paint only 1 side of each board but given no other restrictions; the finished slats contained everything from whimsical swirls to ideological graffiti.
- Downtown District Houston Trumpet Flower Painting Party [Houston Press]
- Projects + Initiatives Art Blocks: Main Street Square [Downtown District]
- Previously on Swamplot: Now Ready To Be Looked At: Montrose “Funnel Tunnel”; Artist’s “Funnel Tunnel” Frame Placed in Montrose Median
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