Day of the dead

Discovery Green Celebrates Día de los Muertos with Massive Art Installation

The mural consists of 10, 7-feet-tall skulls painted by Mexican artists.

By Shelby Stewart October 4, 2021

A new art installation is headed to Discovery Green.

The beginning of fall marked  Hispanic Heritage Month, and Houston has celebrated its Latin community throughout the September-October timeline. To continue the honoring, in partnership with Houston First Corporation, Discovery Green cultivated a massive art installation honoring Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.” During the two-day holiday, Mexican families create offerings to honor their dearly departed.

“Now more than ever it’s important to come together as a community to remember those we’ve lost,” said Discovery Green Conservancy president Barry Mandel, in a statement, “to celebrate life, and enjoy the beauty of nature and art.”

Coined “Celebración de Vida” by art collective Mexicráneos, the outdoor art display marks the first time the work has been shown in the United States. The installation will feature 10, seven feet tall skulls positioned all around Discovery Green, and along the plaza at Avenida Houston. Each of the skulls holds a particular uniqueness, as all were painted by different Mexican artists to highlight the diversity within Mexican culture.

“Houston’s rich and diverse culture is what makes it a one-of-a-kind destination, so I am excited to partner with Discovery Green to bring such an impressive creative experience to our city,” said Michael Heckman, president and CEO, Houston First Corporation, in a statement. “Art elevates us all and helps promote greater understanding. As we observe Hispanic Heritage Month, I know this installation will be celebrated and appreciated by visitors and residents alike.”


The life-size skulls will be on display through November, and the colorful pieces are surely photo worthy. In celebration of Día de los Muertos, Houston-based artist Angel Quesada will create a community altar where visitors can leave mementos of loved ones on Nov. 1. Those who chose to attend the ceremony can participate by bringing copies of photos or memorabilia of their lost loved ones to leave on the altar.

For more information on the celebration, visit Discovery Green’s website.

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