Downtown Intersection Already Getting Jammed in Anticipation of Super Bowl Visitors

Rendering of Color Jam at Main at McKinney streets, Downtown, Houston, 77002

Here’s an idea of what the corner of Main and McKinney streets may look like in a few more weeks, as the installation of Jessica Stockholder’s Color Jam Houston proceeds. The above rendering faces south across the north-er of the 2 intersections between the Main Street Square light-rail stops, with its existing semi-neutral stripes and swirls joined by some brighter colors. Stockholder’s installation, modeled after a previous painting of the town for Chicago in 2012, is one of the Downtown District’s temporary Art Blocks projects intended to brighten up the area for the year leading up to the 2017 Houston-hosted Super Bowl and NCAA championship. The Art Blocks initiative also includes the 60-ft-tall Trumpet Flower that will lurk in the alley between One City Center and its parking garage.

A reader tweeted a photo of some of the first blocks of pigment, evidently maneuvered into place late last week:


Color Jam installation at Main at McKinney streets, Downtown, Houston, 77002

The shapes painted on the southwest corner of the intersection don’t precisely match those depicted in the rendering, but the purple and orange tones do seem to be in the palette of the previously released plan.

Images: Downtown District (rendering), Walker Agnew, Jr. (photo)


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