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.
Color Jam Houston
Jessica Stockholder, 2016
Patrick Renner, produced by Flying Carpet, 2016
más que la cara (more than the face)
Main Street Marquee: Lightnin’ Field
Jamal Cyrus, 2015
Main Street Marquee: Roses and Hearts on the Blue Sky
Nataliya Scheib, 2015
Main Street Marquee: City Bird of Houston
Armando Castelan, 2015
Main Street Marquee: Saludos
M. Giovanni Valderas, 2015
Sidewalk Cinema: Color Play
Kasumi, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Jodie Mack, Emily Peacock
6-8pm Main Street Square 1021 Main Street (outdoors, mid-block)
Join us for an unforgettable evening of fun and fine art where we provide the wine and the canvases! All you need to do is bring your friends and get ready to be inspired by our local artists from Pinot’s Palette who will guide you step-by-step through a featured painting. Light bites will be provided by Phoenicia Foods. At the end of the night…leave with your own masterpiece.
Please note that this is an outdoor event! Space is limited. Price $22
Future Dates: June 14, July 19, August 16, September 20
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