Seven Wonders in Houston

Photo of Seven Wonders in Houston, Texas
Photograph Wayne Lorentz
Photo of Seven Wonders in Houston, Texas
Photograph Wayne Lorentz
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Photo of Seven Wonders in Houston, Texas
Photograph Wayne Lorentz

Seven Wonders
Formerly:Pillars of the Community

Preston at Buffalo Bayou, Houston, Texas, Downtown 77002
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This collection of stainless steel shafts transform the Wortham Theater's otherwise useless east wall into a blank canvas for glittering art. Each of the seven pillars is made up of artwork from local children cut into 150 metal panels. They're supposed to represent a part of Houston's history - agriculture, energy, medicine, manufacturing, philanthropy, technology and transportation. But it appears some of the children didn't remain on topic. We're not sure if the "Don't Do Drugs" panel represents medicine, or philanthropy. Either way, the children selected were all born in 1986, the year of Houston's sesquicentennial. At night they are illuminated from inside and look like giant lanterns.

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