Newly arrived visitors driving along JFK Blvd. at Rankin Rd. will soon encounter a landscape-appropriate welcome to our marshy city after they land at Bush Intercontinental Airport: three 60-ft. pipe assemblies festooned with animated LED light arrays on cables. New York artist Dennis Oppenheim sees the lights as
representing a giant twenty five foot tear drop falling into a pool, creating the upward sensation of a splash, which rises to sixty feet and consists of a multitude of colored lights cascading and sparkling toward the top and beyond, emerging in bright, spherical globes; representing giant droplets.
No stuck-in-the-muds here! Andrew Vrana of local architecture firm Metalab, who’s coordinating the installation, tells Swamplot the sculptures will have an 18-ft. diameter at the base and a 50-ft. diameter at the top. He says all 3 should be in place and complete “later this spring.”
Metalab’s blog has pix of a few of the pieces:
Oppenheim won the million-dollar commission to replace the existing JFK Blvd. “Welcome to Houston” sign from the Houston Arts Alliance last spring. Funding comes from the city’s “percent for art ordinance.”
- Radiant Fountains [Metalab]
- “Radiant Fountain” Wins the One Million Dollar Houston Arts Alliance Gateway Commission [Dennis Oppenheim’s Blog]