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After a Successful First Year, Downtown District Extends 'Art Blocks' at Main Street Square

Popular public art works, like Trumpet Flower, will remain on view through December 2017.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis April 10, 2017

It seems like just yesterday that Main Street Square got an artfully crafted makeover thanks to Downtown District's public arts initiative Art Blocks. The pedestrian-friendly promenade between 900 and 1100 Main Street welcomed three new art installations in February 2016 and, lucky for Houstonians, are extending their stay through the end of the year.

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One of the most visual Art Blocks includes the Trumpet Flower, which will remain on view at One City Centre through December 2017. Designed by Houston sculptor Patrick Renner and produced by the Flying Carpet Collective, the psychedelic art installation incorporates brightly colored recycled wood on a steel-framed structure, acting as a shady canopy for downtown dwellers.

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Also extending its stay is the Main Street Marquee, a billboard-sized canvas at the corner of Main Street and Walker Street. Expect a new work in the coming months, as a Texas-based artist will be selected this month to produce a new installation for the space. Also, keep your eyes open for two windows in the Sakowitz garage (1111 Main Street), which will feature Sidewalk Cinema, a new collaboration between the Downtown District and Aurora Picture Show that presents a quarterly rotation of contemporary video works, including Color Play opening this month.

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Roses and Hearts on the Blue Sky by Nataliya Scheib on the Main Street Marquee 

“The Downtown District and the Downtown District Public Art Committee launched Art Blocks last year as a way to repurpose, redefine and reenergize Main Street Square, and the response from visitors, workers and residents has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Bob Eury, executive director of the Downtown District. "We are thrilled to extend a few of the works and introduce new ones as a way to continue presenting public art that is accessible to all, both physically and aesthetically.”

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