The dusty alley stretched over 800 feet with potholes, chunks of gravel mixed with concrete and rocks, old rail lines threatened to trip those that were unaware, weeds and a general look of disuse. All that has given way to a red brick pathway bordered by crushed granite, over a dozen murals adorn the brick wall to the south towering over Art Alley.
The old grain elevators and rail line that serviced them have slowly been sculpted into a presentable, even sought after art space. (This is where I host my event, the Market at Sawyer Yards!)
Sawyer Yards Creative Campus will present its second public art installation outdoors in Art Alley featuring four, large-scale sculptures created by local Houston artists. These interactive works will progress over time and change through community involvement and weather changes in the environment around them.
The sculptures from Syd Moen, Erik Hagen, Bradly Brown and Trey Duvall will open to the public this Saturday, October 21st 6 – 9 p.m. The Art Alley sculptures will be on view daily through the fall of 2018.
Each artist has created a piece that will challenge the audience to think about newsworthy themes including unity and the environment:
Syd Moen’s The Bridge invites viewers to collaborate with the work by placing “love locks” on the structure. This action acknowledges the concept that love is a bridge to tolerance and unity. This project was funded by The City of Houston through an HAA Grant.
Erik Hagen’s giant rectangular block of ice will melt to reveal a map of Galveston, illustrating sea level rise in the year 2517. The 3,080 pounds of ice is handmade in layers and is glacial-green in color. The map will be in a shallow basin so that as the ice melts the basin will fill with water. This project was funded by The City of Houston through an HAA Grant.
Eximpetus, the year-long installation by Bradly Brown, studies how repeated gestures build over time. During the 12-month process, an uprooted tree will be covered with a fresh coat of paint on a regular basis. During the course of the year, the layers will build-up as the tree is entombed. Each layer of paint will slightly alter the previous form, creating a constantly expanding work that will continuously change for the duration of the project.
In Trey Duvall’s installation, raw porcelain and steel create a relationship between time, material and place. The effect of time on material intensifies the exhaustion of structure. Celebrating temporarily and evolving process, these works are engaged in fundamental failure and transformation the moment they are realized.
This same evening and just across the parking lot, Sculpture Month Houston’s exhibition Tensile Strength, presented by SITE Gallery, is happening. SITE Gallery is located under the iconic Silos on Sawyer.
In addition to major art openings and recurring markets, Sawyer Yards regularly hosts public programs in partnership with the Washington Avenue Arts District- a state-recognized cultural district boasting the largest population of working artists in the country. SawyerYards.com
To get there, use the address for Winter St. Studios 2101 Winter St, Houston, TX 77007. The sculpture exhibit is located on Art Alley between Winter St. Studios and The Silos on Sawyer.
Sculpture Month Houston’s exhibition Tensile Strength is actually located inside the iconic silos that monopolize the skyline in the area. SITE Gallery at The Silos on Sawyer is visible from Art Alley. More information about the exhibit is online sculpturemonthhouston.org.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com