Art Blocks at Main Street Square

What is Art Blocks

For Houstonians who use light rail, Main Street Square is often the jumping off point for Downtown destinations. Similarly, Houstonians who work Downtown know Main Street Square as a pedestrian plaza which affords a change of pace and scenery from the office. Thirteen years after its launch, and in advance of high-profile national events taking place in Houston, Main Street Square is getting a makeover. Landscaping and hardscaping have a new look, and most exciting, a series of temporary art installations will pepper the blocks between the 900 and 1100 blocks of Main Street.

Art Blocks is a new temporary public art initiative to enliven Main Street Square.

With the Downtown District at the helm, this new public art initiative is called Art Blocks. From lessons learned about public art’s capacity to awaken change in areas that have not yet realized their full potential, Art Blocks strives to enliven Main Street Square. This inaugural project by the Downtown District Public Art Committee, supported by the professional services of the Weingarten Art Group, includes a series of site-specific temporary installations by internationally lauded artists and designers such as Patrick Renner, Jesssica Stockholder and New York-based collective YesYesNo—some making their Houston debut.

The temporary installations compliment the permanent public art that call Main Street Square their home, including Floyd Newsum’s vibrant Planter and Stems, an installation that was part of the 2004 streetscape project and restored and reinstalled on the 900 block of Main this past March.

Pop up performances, interactive experiences and community festivals will add to a schedule of events that complements the spirit of the major public art commissions.

A special thank you to all the Main Street Square businesses and stakeholders, but especially to Accesso Services LLC, Younan Properties and Main Street Market for allowing us to use their property for our Art Block installations.

Where is Art Blocks?

Main Street Square

900–1100 blocks of Main Street, Houston, TX

Main Street Square is at the crossroads of Downtown– Main and McKinney.
Located on the METRORail Red line, you can also access the area via bike,
Houston BCycle and Greenlink, our free Downtown circulator.

Main Street Square Map

Events

Check back for upcoming Art Blocks events!

Instagram

@artblockshouston

Blog

  • Paintings in Film Appear in Downtown Corner

    Two new works by abstract video artist Brian Bress are currently on view at Sidewalk Cinema at the Downtown intersection of Main and Dallas streets. Still Life (orange, blue) and Rickybird (mint, hot pink) 2017 are representative of Bress’ signature style, which melds painting, sculpture, and film technique. His films feature drawn or painted objects and figures […]

  • A polka dot rooster crows in Downtown Houston

    Artist Chun Hui Pak studies the lines left when an origami sculpture is unfolded to its original sheet and renders the patterns that emerge in bright trompe l’oeil oil paintings. Her enormous work, Year of the Rooster, features three origami roosters: one facing left, another facing right, and a third appearing as a sheet of […]

  • Recycled threads in the patterns of life

    Jodie Mack’s experimental handmade films use collage to create fascinating patterns from found objects. Her use of worn and recycled materials conjure reflections of life within the mode of abstract graphic storytelling. Mack’s film, Blanket Statement, explores “discordant dysfunction down to the nitty gritty.” The piece is on view at 1111 Main St. at Dallas, […]

  • A playful way of looking at time

    Artist Emily Peacock’s film “You Take Your Time” offers her perspective of childhood toys. Her ten-minute art film is included in “Color Play” as part of Aurora Picture Show’s Sidewalk Cinema, project managed by the Weingarten Art Group. The collection of contemporary video works is located in two windows of the Sakowitz garage at 1111 […]

Contact Us

For information about events at Main Street Square, contact:

Adrienne Joseph
adrienne@downtowndistrict.org
713.650.3022

For media inquiries, contact:

Angie Bertinot
angie@downtowndistrict.org
713.650.3022