Thursday, January 5, 2012

Making Old New Again

IMG_2224 by lc_db

Recently opened, the new Houston Permitting Center has taken residence in a renovated rice warehouse at the end of Washington Ave. During the renovation, the city also allocated funds for new art works to adorn the interior, as well as, exterior of the building. The Houston Arts Alliance chose Mary Margaret Hansen to lead 12 local artists to complete the task.

Dick Wray used this exterior elevator shaft as his canvas for this dynamic piece, which also happens to be his only piece of public art.

On a more historical note, this building is located near the original site of the Houston Infirmary which was founded soon after the end of the Civil War in 1874 to provide medical care for railroad companies during the 1870s and 1880s.