I’ve come to look forward to Discovery Green’s winter art installations the way I anticipate MFAH’s summer installs. Discovery Green may have outdone itself this holiday season, featuring not one but two gorgeous art light displays in Enchanted Promenade by TILT and Firmament by Christopher Schardt. Did I mention these stunning installations are free to the public, seven days a week, open until 11PM?! No reason not to stop by and be amazed at the magic of where technology meets art!

ENCHANTED PROMENADE

Installation opens November 22, 2016 to February 19, 2017
Illuminated from Dusk to 11 pm daily*

From Discover Green’s website:

Discovery Green captivates downtown visitors this winter with Enchanted Promenade, ten colorful, giant peony bouquets by TILT, a French light and art design studio. Enchanted Promenade is set along the majestic Brown Promenade from November 22, 2016 to February 19, 2017!

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Enchanted Promenade comes to life through color-changing LED lighting. At night, the stamens grow brighter with a blazing red light that emanates through its petals and scatters warm light throughout. Below the soaring stems of the plant, diffused lighting subtly enhances an inviting seating area for visitors to lounge and enjoy the view.

*Hours are subject to change during Super Bowl LIVE, January 28 – February 5. Please check back for more details.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

TILT is a French artistic studio whose work focuses on the exploration of light and its interplay with art, architecture and space. They aim to provide unexpected and enchanting experiences by altering scale and engaging the environment in unique and unusual ways. TILT has designed light art installations throughout Europe and Asia. Enchanted Promenade marks their first presentation in the United States.

“This surprising winter light installation along The Brown Foundation Promenade of Discovery Green invites the passers-by to immerse themselves in a stunningly beautiful and memorable spectacle and creates a dreamlike and surreal world blended by poetry and the joy of living,” said Francois Fouilhe, artistic director of TILT.

FIRMAMENT

Installation opens November 22, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Illuminated from dusk to 11 pm

From Discover Green’s website:

Discovery Green captivates downtown visitors this winter with Firmament, a vibrant canopy of LED lights by acclaimed Burning Man artist Christopher Schardt. Firmament enlivens the Sarofim Picnic Lawn from November 22 through January 8, 2017!

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Firmament is a 52-foot wide, canopy of 21,600 LED lights, suspended from a 42-foot high aluminum tower. The tower is elevated on six legs forming huge equilateral triangles with the ground. At its pinnacle, a 21” diameter LED ball serves as a beacon and will be visible from long distances.

Visitors can gather under the structure as the LED lights display celestial, playful, psychedelic and brightly abstract images. A continually changing musical element engages visitors’ senses creating an enveloping, comforting, communal environment below.

Discovery Green will seek input from Houston musicians and the community to determine musical selections, make sure to check back for the full line up!

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Christopher Schardt is a San Francisco-based sculptor, artist and computer programmer. He is widely known for his art installations created for Burning Man, the annual gathering of arts and music fans in Black Rock, NV, over the past 20 years. Schardt aims to create work that inspires connections and interaction.

“I created Firmament for the Burning Man Festival in 2015 and was overwhelmed by the number of people who crowded underneath it for hours,” said Christopher Schardt. “Discovery Green will be its first installation in an urban setting and I look forward to seeing how visitors engage with Firmament during its 6-week exhibition.”

All media courtesy of Discovery Green.