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An Intriguing Art Opening Pops Up In a Flood-Resistant House

At this Saturday art debut, it's all about Houston's own climate challenges.

By Gwendolyn Knapp September 4, 2019

The Arc House hosts Earthly Delights this Saturday.

In 2018, WITH THE Devastation of hurricane HARVEY STILL FRESH ON HIS MIND, Houston architect Garland Fielder designed a stunning home meant to address the growing challenges of flooding due to climate change. In March of this year, the three-story Arc House was built in the First Ward's historic arts district.

The house is not only visually stunning, with an artisan workshop on the ground floor, white oak floors and local Azul limestone inside, and views of the downtown skyline, the design concept was entirely driven by the need to mitigate future flood events—with flood vents, a carport covered in Blackstar gravel for permeability, porous limestone countertops, and the design itself meant to withstand, and in some ways, even embrace water. Fielder, who is an accomplished artist as well as an architect, created a standing seam metal roof that reverberates the sound of rainfall.  

The Earthly Delights reception starts at 5 p.m. Saturday.

This Saturday, September 7, from 5 to 9 p.m., guests can get a look inside this incredible home, its first inhabitants the small paintings and drawings of Earthly Delights, an art show popping up until October 20. Featuring work by local artists Terry Suprean and Melinda Laszczynski, the show explores how painters respond to living in a time of great environmental change and crisis.

You'll definitely want to check out these painting's holographic-like surfaces that appear to morph in direct relation to where you stand. Artist Ronald L Jones will also unveil a new outdoor string sculpture on the Arc House premises and renowned British sound artist Simon Whetham will perform after the reception at 8:30 p.m. 

And, yes, it's okay to take a break from reflecting on the night's pressing matter—Houston's own climate crisis and how it affects even our arts—to breathe in that view of downtown.    

ARC House is located at 1008 Edwards Street. Admission to Earthly Delights is free.

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