Installation Begins on New Addition to One of the Country’s Largest Collections of Outdoor Public Art
Beginning March 21, the public is invited to watch the creation of one of the largest art murals in Texas: a 35,000-square-foot work that is the latest addition to one of the country’s largest collections of outdoor public art in The Woodlands. Commissioned by The Howard Hughes Corporation, the mural will anchor a new 2.3-acre outdoor community gathering space in Waterway Square and transform the underutilized south wall of the Waterway Square garage into a significant work of art. The name of the internationally renowned artist and details of the work will be shared as the painting progresses and the final image is revealed.
A 14-person crew will work for two weeks from suspended swing stages to create a mural reaching 105 feet tall and 358 feet wide. A celebration for the new mural will take place as part of a free event the weekend of April 9th & 10th from 12 – 4 PM at 1 Waterway Square, where live music, food carts and family-friendly activities will welcome the public to enjoy the new community space, in conjunction with The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, named one of the top art festivals in the country, taking place April 9th & 10th from 10 AM – 6 PM.
“This new large-scale mural will add to the extensive collection of outdoor public art that we have here in The Woodlands and serve as a catalyst for community engagement,” said Jim Carman, President of the Houston Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The mural will add visual interest and a creative wayfinding element that will attract visitors to the northeast corner of Waterway Square—completing the programming of the area’s public space and providing a notable background for social gatherings and community events.”
Howard Hughes has continued to support the public art program initially started by George Mitchell, the founder of The Woodlands. The program has provided millions of dollars towards public art in the community and has resulted in a collection which currently features over 80 works—including 56 outdoor sculptures and 24 art benches—curated in collaboration with The Woodlands Art Council, which supports and promotes arts in in the community.
For more information and to watch the installation of the mural as it progresses, visit https://www.thewoodlands.com/mural/.