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22 hours ago, astros148 said:

 

does anyone actually find this attractive? Wtf is this suppose to be honestly?

Astros 148, I don't want to pick on you but when you make uneducated statements about art that you know anything about, it tends to leave you open for rebuttal.

Art doesn't have to represent anything. It often doesn't. It evokes some kind of visceral or emotional response. It can make you laugh, smile, question or even dislike but when you use the WTF comment, it just makes you sound crass and uneducated. Maybe you should spend a little more time going to some of the exhibits at the MFAH or the Menil or even the Contemporary arts museum and immersing yourself in some fine abstract and contemporary art.

It wouldn't hurt you and after looking at a lot of it you might surprise yourself and actually begin to appreciate it.

This particular sculpture by Patrick Renner was commissioned to add something to downtown that is seriously lacking. Color, art and  and things to get peoples attention..

Its a way to get people who don't always go to art exhibits or museums to have an opportunity to see something different.

Its just a whimsical piece that Patrick made and the one that was built for Montrose blvd. is now in New Orleans because they wanted their community to have the opportunity to appreciate his work. So loosen up and don't be so critical of things and just absorb and consider yourself fortunate to have an artist that lives here and can come up with these fun ideas that give most people a lot of pleasure and enjoyment.

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On April 13, 2016 at 10:09 AM, Gator Purify said:

Anyone know how much money is being spent on this?

No.

 

money for public art can be well spent as public art pieces can become iconic and help to define a city in the minds of people (Chicago "bean" for example).  Perhaps this shlock will do that, but I doubt it.  I hope time and tastes prove me wrong since, otherwise, it is money poorly spent, IMO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, bobruss said:

Astros 148, I don't want to pick on you but when you make uneducated statements about art that you know anything about, it tends to leave you open for rebuttal.

Art doesn't have to represent anything. It often doesn't. It evokes some kind of visceral or emotional response. It can make you laugh, smile, question or even dislike but when you use the WTF comment, it just makes you sound crass and uneducated. Maybe you should spend a little more time going to some of the exhibits at the MFAH or the Menil or even the Contemporary arts museum and immersing yourself in some fine abstract and contemporary art.

It wouldn't hurt you and after looking at a lot of it you might surprise yourself and actually begin to appreciate it.

This particular sculpture by Patrick Renner was commissioned to add something to downtown that is seriously lacking. Color, art and  and things to get peoples attention..

Its a way to get people who don't always go to art exhibits or museums to have an opportunity to see something different.

Its just a whimsical piece that Patrick made and the one that was built for Montrose blvd. is now in New Orleans because they wanted their community to have the opportunity to appreciate his work. So loosen up and don't be so critical of things and just absorb and consider yourself fortunate to have an artist that lives here and can come up with these fun ideas that give most people a lot of pleasure and enjoyment.

 

I was born and raised in London and grew up all around Europe, so I guess my definition of Contemporary or Modern art is a bit different. Anything nowadays is considered art and I guess if thats a good or bad thing is ones personal opinion. I just think the money they spent here it could have been much better spent. I wish Houston one day could have something like New Orleans has with Palmer park or London has with Brick lane or Leake street. I guess im just spoiled  

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21 minutes ago, astros148 said:

I wish Houston one day could have something like New Orleans has with Palmer park or London has with Brick lane or Leake street. I guess im just spoiled  

 

Do you mean the monthly art market in Palmer Park? Houston's monthly version in The Heights predates that one by a few years, and an additional one is launching at Sawyer Yards next month with the goal of making it a weekly event by September of this year. 

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1 hour ago, astros148 said:

 

I was born and raised in London and grew up all around Europe, so I guess my definition of Contemporary or Modern art is a bit different. Anything nowadays is considered art and I guess if thats a good or bad thing is ones personal opinion. I just think the money they spent here it could have been much better spent. I wish Houston one day could have something like New Orleans has with Palmer park or London has with Brick lane or Leake street. I guess im just spoiled  

Do you have a British accent? Because now I'm reading all your posts with an accent.

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^^^ well-done urbannizer... wow!  what was the name of this social function being held downtown?

looks like an incredible time with mounds colorful fun.... amazing....

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Liberty Hall, was by far the best concert hall in Houston, maybe ever. Some historic concerts, and the best small venue stage and greenroom just about anywhere.

It had an incredible history, and really good vibes. I got to see some legends of rock and roll at the Hall, and lucky enough to get to play it a few times.

 

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On ‎4‎/‎14‎/‎2016 at 3:12 PM, bobruss said:

Astros 148, I don't want to pick on you but when you make uneducated statements about art that you know anything about, it tends to leave you open for rebuttal.

Art doesn't have to represent anything. It often doesn't. It evokes some kind of visceral or emotional response. It can make you laugh, smile, question or even dislike but when you use the WTF comment, it just makes you sound crass and uneducated. Maybe you should spend a little more time going to some of the exhibits at the MFAH or the Menil or even the Contemporary arts museum and immersing yourself in some fine abstract and contemporary art.

It wouldn't hurt you and after looking at a lot of it you might surprise yourself and actually begin to appreciate it.

This particular sculpture by Patrick Renner was commissioned to add something to downtown that is seriously lacking. Color, art and  and things to get peoples attention..

Its a way to get people who don't always go to art exhibits or museums to have an opportunity to see something different.

Its just a whimsical piece that Patrick made and the one that was built for Montrose blvd. is now in New Orleans because they wanted their community to have the opportunity to appreciate his work. So loosen up and don't be so critical of things and just absorb and consider yourself fortunate to have an artist that lives here and can come up with these fun ideas that give most people a lot of pleasure and enjoyment.

 

Well, some people like modern art and some people don't. And everyone's entitled to their opinion. I like some of it. In this case, it does seem to jar with the existing aesthetic of the improvements made back in 2003. It seems like whoever designed this either did consider the existing aesthetic at all, or intentionally tried to clash with it. Although I guess if it's temporary, no harm done.

 

One thing about the patches of color - is it possible to make a mistake doing art like this? I mean, if you accidentally painted a brush stroke the wrong way, or say your whole can of paint even fell off your ladder and bounced off the side wall of the building on the way down, would anyone notice there was a mistake made?

 

For my taste, I like the Lightnin' Hopkins mural. Dislike the patches of color. The Renner sculpture I liked more on Montrose Blvd., but it kind of works for me here too, especially if taken as a call for demolishing the garage there (could it represent a trash chute for demolition?). Don't like the graffiti and don't think it belongs on Main St.

 

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Stumbled down Main Street bar hopping  with an out of town wedding party after midnight last night.  Everyone stopped to take pictures of the Renner sculpture and thought it was neat.  The Color Jam seems weird and out of place whey you happen upon it and do not see it from above.  No one was interested in the Hopkins posters and we barley noticed the couple of other installations.

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Does anyone know when the " Mas que la cara " portion of the art blocks is supposed to be up? Or is it already up?

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Minor details count, right? We got vine walls going up on the Main St Sq southbound plaza. 

 

 

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On April 11, 2016 at 1:34 PM, tigereye said:

Serious work was done on Color Jam this weekend. 

 

 

 

Just a b&w edit of my original pic. 

 

 

On July 5, 2016 at 6:37 AM, Urbannizer said:

 

 

 

Snapped this earlier. Also gave it the black & white treatment. 

 

 

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^^^ @hindesky perfect job my pal as always.  however, that amazing trumpet look's as though it's starting to fade.  houston's summers can be quite harsh....

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New sculptures on the 1100 Main Southbound plaza in front of Hilcorp. 

 

 

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That looks so weird. I need to take a picture in front of them. lol

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Proposed sign:  Please don't feed the art.

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I recognize them. They are the Sutekh's mummies the 4th Doctor battled in the Pyramid of Mars. But I thought they were dead, I mean really really dead.

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On 1/23/2017 at 10:11 PM, Sunstar said:

Wow, the fountains are actually working again and look better than ever!

I'm sure that they will fix them again in time for the next Super Bowl.

 

 

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There's a pretty big fire in this building right now (11 units responding), and I just realized I'd never posted a photo of the latest art:

 

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Does anyone know what the rest of that building is besides the food mart?

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And just yesterday we were linked to its former deco glory... it's going to be interesting seeing what the next act is for this one.

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Thanks for digging that back up, Avossos. 

 

Comparing them side by side, it looks like the slip cover may not have destroyed everything since it's roughly the same height as the original roof decoration.  Now let's just hope that the fire doesn't.

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I wonder how the slip cover affects its flammability.  Could the space between the old facade and the slip cover be a pocket that fire can burn worse?

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1 hour ago, mollusk said:

And just yesterday we were linked to its former deco glory... it's going to be interesting seeing what the next act is for this one.

 

58 minutes ago, cspwal said:

I wonder how the slip cover affects its flammability.  Could the space between the old facade and the slip cover be a pocket that fire can burn worse?

 

While this one may have something remaining of it's original facade, I think you are confusing this with the Main Food Store. 

 

 

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I think with this building we are uncertain whether the façade is a slipcover or if it replaced the original façade.  Though now that flames are coming out of the roof, the building may be too heavily damaged for it to matter (HFD is flying a drone overhead to inspect, too).  Here's the best photo I can come up with of the original 1929 appearance:

 

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3 hours ago, phillip_white said:

While this one may have something remaining of it's original facade, I think you are confusing this with the Main Food Store. 

 

I get where you're coming from, but the fire is in the building housing a different bodega, the Main Street Market, a few blocks north.  It, too was slipcovered.

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