Sunday, July 31, 2011

Staying Fit

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This is the recently opened Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The main stained glass window is a beacon to those that pass during weekend evenings. While spiritual in nature, it also reminds me I need to start working out again as it seems Christ is in very good shape.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cinderella Story

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One of five municipal golf courses, the Jim Mozola Memorial Disc Golf Course is located within Buffalo Bayou Park and offers great views of the Houston skyline.

So it’s got that going for it…

Which is nice.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The End of the Road

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...and boy do they mean it.

This is the end of the Heights Bike Trail that ends near the County Jail at McKee St.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It’s Always Time to Play

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…or so says this P.O.D.A. Project.

The Portable On Demand Art Project is a temporary public art exhibit featuring several local artists transforming a PODS® container into a piece of public art.

This one is located on the grounds of the Baker-Ripley Campus of Neighborhood Centers Inc

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Public Art at Its Finest

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From the fingers of babes... comes this wonderful piece.

Abstract? Expressionism? You tell me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lighting the Way

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Van Vranken’s “Flame” was commissioned in 1991 to honor the patients and employees of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and commerate the center’s Golden Jubilee, offering a symbol of knowledge, achievement and hope for the future.

Monday, July 25, 2011

In Case You Were Wondering...

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Red means stop!

These traffic lights along Main Street have the extra red trim, perhaps making sure no one ventures onto the tracks of our light rail system.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

I Admit

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I fell for it

This is a lost purse, but rather a sculpture by Dixie Friend Gay titled "Treasures from Grandma's Purse" located at the Waterway Fountains in the Woodlands.

Very clever.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's One O'Clock Somewhere...

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Well... at least according to the sundial in front of the Museum of Natural Science it is.

Well... actually it was two o'clock, but someone forgot to inform the sun about Daylight Savings Time.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Have Fun Storming the Castle

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The Alley Theater houses one of the four performance venues in the Downtown Theater District and has been the home to the Alley theater company since it opened in 1968. Within the walls of this Brutalist styled building are two stages that provide an intimate setting to enjoy various theatrical productions.

While some view its fortress-like appearance as unphotogenic, I quite like the different angles and shapes… but that’s just me.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Water Treatments...

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The sound of flowing water makes things seem less stressful, which, I suppose, was the idea of the designers that added this water treatment between the buildings of Allen Center downtown.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Now Boarding…

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Playfully referred to as the “Love Boat”, the George R Brown Convention Center does strike a very unique public profile. Opened in 1987 its 1.8 MILLION square feet of multi-use floor space ranks it as one of the ten largest convention centers in the country.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Is It Halloween Yet?

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Seems to be if you believe this quick snap of some street art along the Washington corridor.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Would You Please Pick Me Up Some...

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This isn't your average grocery list, but rather a monument to the goods that arrived at the original Port of Houston. Captured on the banks of Buffalo Bayou in the park that honors Allen's Landing.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


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This seemingly ambiguous building is probably the most secure structure in Houston, the Federal Reserve Bank.

Friday, July 15, 2011

From the Ashes...

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All that remains of the Bethel Baptist Church, originally built in 1923, is a hollowed out shell, the victim of a fire in January of 2005. Purchased by the city in 2009, the plans are to eventually preserve the façade and turn the city block into an enclosed green space for public use while keeping the church’s historic presence.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Shady Character...

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This large oak is actually screening the view of the Menil Collection building behind it.

As the temperatures soar... shade becomes more my friend.

Except for air conditioning.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Under the Rainbow

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The Gus Wortham Memorial Fountain, obviously often referred to as “the dandelion fountain”, is a visual mainstay as one drives along Allen Parkway near Waugh Drive. Completed in 1978 it is located near a popular jogging/bike trail and the wind blown mist is a welcome relief to those that happen by.

Not to mention the occasional rainbow.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There Goes the Neighborhood

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Several “statement” pieces have popped up throughout the First Ward waxing philosophic of the slow gentrification of the area. Neighborhoods change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not so much.

This work is from the Mission Year Arts Team, a group of people who have moved into this urban district from other parts of the country with the hopes of bettering the area. The group DOES make a difference, but somehow this seems out of character from their mission statement.

If it were me? I might have gone with a “Remember Goliad” theme… but maybe that’s a Texas thing.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Taking a Break

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With some of the historic buildings of downtown as its backdrop, the recently refurbished Market Square now offers an excellent respite to enjoy being outdoors in the downtown area.

It it weren't so darn HOT.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Face Off

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This somewhat colorful, although eerie, wall is located in the back courtyard of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the city’s Sixth Ward. It was a project of MECA, a community based organization that develops underserved youths and adults through the arts giving them an outlet to express themselves creatively through artistic inclinations.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Which Way Is Up?

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The Houston Armillary Sphere was donated to the City of Houston by Elizabeth Bracewell and sits in Sam Houston Park.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bridging the Gap

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The Fred Hartman Bridge spans the Houston Ship Channel just east of town. The longest cable-stayed bridge in Texas at 2.6 miles, it replaced the Baytown Tunnel when the ship channel was dredged to allow for bigger ships in 1995.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


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This is how the work day leaves me.

A clever use of small mirrored pieces and a bit of wheatpaste.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day

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This car dealership shows its patriotism throughout the year, not just on today’s national holiday celebrated our country’s independence.

Happy Fourth of July everyone.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Little People

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Another visit to Texas Art Asylum, a cool little shop that collects hundreds of seemingly forgotten items to be used by crafty people for creative uses. I really dig this place.

I just wish I was crafty.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

It Seems Like Just Yesterday...

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The Astros were in the World Series and at the top of the baseball world.

Today? Not so much, as they are officially the worst team in Major League Baseball, but they are still the team I follow. Maybe one day... they'll be back at the top of the standings.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Home Is What You Make It

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This house is located near the intersection of Tuscon and Linder Streets in the city’s Fifth Ward, and obviously is a true testament of the owner’s beliefs.

You really have to admire their dedication.

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