As Buffalo Bayou Partnership turns its attention to developing the East Sector, which will expand and connect its network of waterfront parks to the East End and Fifth Ward from US 59 to the Port of Houston Turning Basin, a new installation of educational public art is about to make its debut.
Encounter: Meeting Points on Buffalo Bayou, a collaboration between BBP and University of Houston graphic design and creative writing students, is launching on Saturday, April 7 at the North York Boat Launch, 808 North York St., and the public is invited to come check out the new art.
Students have created interactive pieces that use typographical or text-based messages and stories to speak to the East End and Fifth Ward's history, economy, resilience, culture and community values and how they relate to green spaces and the bayou. Look for site blocks—yes, actual blocks; some floating in water, some stacked upon the ground, some totally moveable and interactive—and artwork that incorporates shipping containers, silos, repurposed oil barrels, cisterns, retaining walls and more at these six locations along the bayou:
- Allen’s Landing , 1005 Commerce St.
- Gravel Silos, 507 N. Nagle St.
- Japhet Creek, 4600 Clinton Dr. (at Emile St.)
- BBP Field Office, 723 N. Drennan St.
- Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park, 2300 S. Sgt Macario Garcia Dr.
- North York Boat Launch – 808 N. York St.
The launch party will also include a nature walk, boat tour, live entertainment, St. Arnold brews and food trucks. Encounter: Meeting Points on Buffalo Bayou is funded by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, and this free event is made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance.
The event lasts from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit buffalobayou.org for more information and to print a map of the Encounter sites.