Here’s an overhead view of the installation over the weekend of the 38-ft.-tall, 7,000-lb. sculpture by James Surls on the previously treeless median between West Ave and the 2727 Kirby condo tower on Kirby Dr., just south of Westheimer. Assembled from bronze and stainless-steel components, Tree and Three Flowers was commissioned by the Upper Kirby District; it’s meant to move in the wind. It’ll join other Surls public works in Houston — at Rice University, in Market Square, and at the Parks and Recreation department headquarters on Gragg St. The Kirby sculpture went in on this base:
Surls, who used to teach sculpture at the University of Houston, was the founder of the the Lawndale Art Center; he lived in Splendora for 20 years until 1997, when he moved to Colorado.
- Surls’ sculpture a sign of growth in Upper Kirby [West University Examiner]
- Monumental tree takes root in Houston [Houston Chronicle ($)]